CLIME Teaching Scholars Program Overview

The CLIME Teaching Scholars Program (TSP) at the University of Washington School of Medicine is a 10 month professional development program for educators in the health professions who have a passion for teaching and a desire to become academic leaders.

The TSP Mission is to prepare University of Washington health sciences faculty to serve as leaders in health professions education. The Program values and supports the ongoing professional and educational development of scholars.

Hear from past teaching scholars as they share their experiences and insights about the program!

Program Goals

To become health professions education leaders: Scholars delve into the scholarship on teaching and learning and practice reflection, goal setting and skill-building to prepare for educational leadership roles in the health professions. Scholars meet with academic leaders who provide insight into the operations of an academic health center and often become mentors to scholars. Theories of leadership and organizational improvement are presented didactically and in the context of personal narratives.

To conduct research related to their educational endeavors: Scholars learn to recognize teaching as a legitimate subject of scholarly investigation. Scholars read and discuss peer reviewed materials pertaining to community and team building, teaching foundations , how learning works, curriculum development, educational research and scholarship, teaching approaches, assessment, learning climate, career planning, and professional development. All scholars are required to complete an education-related project, with the aid of a faculty mentor from the Center for Learning and Innovation in Medical Education (CLIME). Scholars are guided in the selection of projects that are of interest and “do-able” in the context of their real-world workplace structure.

To develop and disseminate educational innovations: Scholars explore educational innovation in the context of understanding educational theory and research. They learn how to develop, evaluate, enhance, and disseminate new curricula, programs, and instructional technologies. To facilitate these endeavors, scholars become proficient in how to deliver formal presentations, lead group discussions and problem-based learning tutorials, provide clinical supervision, assess student learning, evaluate teaching, and plan curriculum.

Program Structure

Scholars accepted to the Program must block and devote one morning a week (Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Pacific Time) for ten months to scholarly discussion of and reflection on topics related to the education and training of health care professionals as well as their own career development as an educator. Scholars in Seattle join in-person in the Magnuson Health Sciences Building, with some limited flexibility to join via Zoom for emergent circumstances. Scholars who are outside Seattle join via Zoom.