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The Techniques and Strategies That Significantly Improve Student Engagement, and Teaching and Mentoring Effectiveness

Principles of Medical Education: Maximizing Your Teaching Skills will be held online this year, using live streaming, electronic Q&A, and other remote learning technologies. 


Incorporating best practices, newer principles of adult learning, and widely available technologies into your teaching can significantly improve your ability to engage and inspire students, residents, fellows, and colleagues. This special program, ranked among Harvard Medical School’s highest-rated CME courses, is a uniquely comprehensive exploration of best practices for teaching medicine at the bedside, in ambulatory settings, and in the classroom.  

The 2023 curriculum helps medical educators to:

  • Provide more effective feedback that motivates change

  • Utilize active learning strategies in small and large group teaching settings

  • Deliver more impactful and engaging lectures

  • Identify effective best practices for mentor-mentee relationships  

  • Optimize evaluation of trainee competencies

  • Improve the interactivity of small group discussions

  • Enhance critical thinking and self-learning among students using concept maps and inductive reasoning

  • Describe real-time strategies to address unprofessional behavior

  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of various assessment tools

  • Integrate social media and digital education into your teaching portfolio

  • Incorporate technology into your teaching

  • Create an action plan for implementing and sustaining effective change as leaders in medical education

  • Identify strategies to recognize and mitigate bias

  • Identify personal and organizational strategies for well-being

Case-based and hands-on learning are a hallmark of this course, with significant participant interaction and active modeling of instruction techniques. Whether you are newer to teaching or a seasoned educator and mentor, this course will give you modern tools and practices to optimize skills transfer and learner success.


Areas of focus in which attendees will deepen their skills include:

  • Interactive Lecturing

  • Bedside Teaching

  • Effective Mentoring

  • Impactful Feedback

  • Developing Curriculum

  • Assessing Learners

  • Learner Engagement

  • Teaching Critical Thinking

  • Teaching and Maintaining Wellness


The 2023 program has been enhanced for distance learning. In addition to being live streamed, all sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for online viewing for 90 days after the end of the course. 



Friday, March 31, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Add to your learning experience with an interactive, in-depth workshop on career development for the clinician-educator. The workshop includes the following sessions:

  • Academic Career Advancement: Climbing the Ladder and Navigating the Maze

  • Key Leadership Skills to Advance the Careers of Medical Educators

  • Enhanced Efficiency and Productivity through Better Time Management

  • Career Challenges Roundtables

Space is limited for this workshop; early registration is advised.


Join our FALL Course on

October 25-27, 2023

CME Information

Harvard Medical School Continuing Education Office will email you a link to complete the evaluation and obtain your certificate.

For questions, call:


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