The Medical Education track is designed for students seeking advanced training in pedagogy and learning theory, instructional design, medical simulation, and curriculum development. The goal of the track is to prepare a student for a career as an educational leader in academic medicine.
Informed by the principles of experiential learning, transformative learning, and self-directed learning, the track offers students the skillset to adapt to an ever-changing learning environment and educational landscape. The track provides formalized training in adult learning in clinical and academic medicine, and leverages simulation training, patient safety / clinical quality tools, and point-of-care technologies as vehicles to inform educational initiatives in undergraduate and graduate curricula. In addition, students identify a specific area of academic interest in the realm of medical education, and are provided with the tools and mentorship to pursue scholarship in that domain.
Throughout all track activities, students are immersed in opportunities that promote self-reflection on the parameters of teaching and learning, including educational philosophy, personality, emotional intelligence, and communication skills. During their first two years, students master essential concepts in pedagogy through hands-on workshops, field immersions, self-reflection exercises, and real-world projects facilitated by Jefferson faculty, as well as invited faculty from Columbia University’s Teachers College, the New York City Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning (IMSAL), and academic institutions across the Philadelphia region. During their final two years, students independently pursue research in medical education, in an area of their choosing.