Medical Education Pathway

The mission of the UCLA Medical Education Pathway is to create a learner-centered, multimodal, longitudinal experience for residents that promotes the development of knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for future careers as clinician-educators and leaders in medical education

The Medical Education Pathway is a two-year longitudinal experience designed to help fill the gap in training and practice opportunities for residents interested in future careers in medical education as clinician-educators. Pathway curriculum activities include a combination of seminar sessions, teaching activities, an educational scholarship project, and mentorship that aim to address the development of resident competencies in the domains of clinical teaching, curriculum development, educational scholarship, administration, and leadership. The basic framework of educational activities that comprise the curriculum for the pathway is modeled from the literature as well as from established medical education and clinician-educator training pathways for residents and faculty at UCLA and other institutions. The pathway experience also incorporates conceptual frameworks in medical education, including Kolb’s experiential learning theory and community of practice.

For more information about why and how the UCLA Medical Education Pathway was developed, please read the following the article.


It is the goal of the UCLA Medical Education Pathway to develop physician leaders that will:

  1. Employ best practices in medical education in the areas of clinical teaching, curriculum development, educational scholarship, administration, and leadership;
  2. Engage in educational opportunities within the medical education and healthcare systems;
  3. Demonstrate scholarship and leadership in the design, implementation, administration, and evaluation of educational activities and educational research; and
  4. Adopt strategies for successful careers in academic medicine.


The curriculum for the Medical Education Pathway is structured across four main activities:

  1. Seminar series: Residents participate in a series of seminars consisting of a mixture of didactics, small-group discussion, and other interactive activities. These seminars focus on best practices in medical education and core clinician-educator competencies in the domains of clinical teaching, curriculum design, educational scholarship, administration, and leadership. These seminars are led by medical education leaders from the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at UCLA.
  2. Teaching activities: Residents participate in a variety of teaching activities with a large cross-section of learners, including medical students, residents, and potentially other healthcare professionals and medical trainees within DGSOM and its affiliated clinical training sites. Teaching activities include a mixture of single-session and longitudinal teaching opportunities. Examples of teaching activities include problem-based learning sessions with medical students, physical examination tutorials with medical students, and simulation lab sessions with residents.
  3. Educational scholarship project: Residents in the pathway identify, design, implement, and evaluate an educational research project or educational activity with the help of a medical education mentor. Residents then share their work with educational and professional communities through abstract/poster presentations at conferences and/or publication in academic journals.
  4. Mentorship and career development: Residents in the pathway work closely with medical education mentors to develop a personal learning plan for the pathway, develop early career goals, construct an educational portfolio or curriculum vitae, and complete the educational scholarship project requirement. In addition, residents work with and receive feedback from experienced educators during many of their teaching activities.



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