Have a heart for teaching? This track may be for you, if... you find yourself teaching students when you could be writing notes on wards... if you find yourself daydreaming in clinic about delivering your own amazing "chalk talk"... and if you want medical education to be a major focus of your career. Specifically, the goal of the track is to equip residents with the tools necessary for clinician-educator roles and connect them with a community of faculty clinician-educators.
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Through the CE Track, residents will learn a variety of skills, including how to plan teaching sessions, how to manage the learning climate, how to set expectations and give feedback, and how to assess progress. Track residents work at their own pace one-on-one with experienced clinician-educator mentors to complete four projects:
- Plan and facilitate a large group teaching session
- Plan and facilitate a small group teaching session
- Teach in a clinical setting
- Design a curriculum intervention
In addition to the skills obtained through these four projects, CE track residents will assemble a teaching portfolio prior to graduation. Upon completion of the track, graduates receive a Certificate in Medical Education. Enrollment in the track is by application at the beginning of IM PGY-2 or Med/Peds PGY-3. Calls for application are typically in July-August each year.
CE Tract Director
John Ragsdale, MD, MS
Assistant Dean for Clinical Education
Director of Clinical Education Faculty Development
John Ragsdale is the director of the Clinician-Educator Track. He also oversees the 3rd and 4th year curriculum for the medical school (so, he’s all about medical education). He created the track to help residents aspiring to future medical education roles develop their teaching skills and loves sharing the excitement (and challenges) that come with teaching. He did his residency at UK and came back after a stint in Pennsylvania for a medical education fellowship. He loves Lexington and Kentucky, as do his kids, aged 4 and 6. They love going geocaching and hiking (as long as there are snacks). His free time is often spent barbecuing or trying a new bourbon.
Kristen Fletcher is an academic hospitalist at the Lexington VA, who infuses her passion for medical education into her twenty or more weeks of clinical teaching annually. She loves micro-education, developing resident physicians into the best versions of themselves. She loves strengthening the community aspect of the CE track! She completed her residency at UK and solidified her love of academics during her Internal Medicine Chief Residency. In addition to finding joy in medicine, she finds joy in "dance parties" with her two children, watching her husband rap to Hamilton music, and going on a gorgeous 5K run in the bluegrass.
CE Tract Co-Director
VA Site Director and Core Faculty for the Internal Medicine Residency Program
Senior CE Track Residents
Loor Alshawa, MD
"Our CE track encourages challenging traditional constructs of medical education to pave the way for innovation and creativity in teaching, providing me with a unique skillset for a future career in academics."
Eloise Fields, DO
"I have built all of my plans for my career around the fact that I want to be involved in teaching, so this track fit perfectly. During the course of the track, you have multiple ways to contribute to the "world of teacher". It's easy to tailor it to your preferences."
Mary Manley, MD
"When I found myself looking forward to challenging rotations just to ponder complex clinical questions, I knew that lifelong learning and teaching were an integral part of the physician I hope to become. The CE track gives me the content, vocabulary, and real time experience I need to get there!"
Justin Harrell, MD