The Academy

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The Academy is established to advance the education of physicians and scientists throughout the Harvard Medical School community by:

  • Creating and supporting a community of leaders in education and a culture of excellence in teaching and learning.
  • Fostering the careers of educators in medicine and science.
  • Providing programming to improve the skills of teachers.
  • Stimulating and supporting the creation and implementation of innovative approaches to learning and assessment.
  • Supporting educational research and scholarship in medical and graduate education

Highlights from the Academy...

Save the Date: Resident/Fellow as Teacher Curriculum Showcase

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014, 3:00-5:00 pm  TMEC 250 and 2nd Fl. Atrium  

Abstract Booklet

The Resident as Teacher Interest Group from the Academy at Harvard Medical School (HMS) is sponsoring a showcase to highlight and share Resident/Fellow as Teacher programs and curricula from the Harvard training programs on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 pm (TMEC 250 and the TMEC Atrium). HMS faculty and trainees are invited to submit abstracts describing their programs and curricula. Abstracts will be selected for both poster and oral presentations.  Abstracts may be from work presented previously, and may also be presented at a future Medical Education Day or other meeting. Descriptive as well as evaluative presentations are encouraged.

Save the Date and Call for Abstracts: Medical Education Day 2014

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014, 12:00-6:00 pm 

The Academy at Harvard Medical School and the Program in Medical Education are sponsoring the annual Harvard Medical Education Day on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in the Tosteson Medical Education Center, noon-6:00pm. All HMS faculty are invited to attend and are eligible to participate. The day will feature poster and technology presentations of both completed projects and works-in-progress related to the education of medical students, house staff, or faculty in the areas of curriculum development, assessment, faculty development, education research, or use of technology to enhance education. The afternoon will also feature workshops/seminars, a plenary session and a keynote address.

Harvard Medical School and the Dean for Medical Education will recognize the top three abstracts at the award ceremony during Medical Education Day's Plenary Session.

Abstracts are due on August 25, 2014.

Please click here for the RFA


The Charles J. Hatem Award for Faculty Development in Medical Education

The Academy at Harvard Medical School presents the second annual Charles J. Hatem Award for Faculty Development in Medical Education to a member of the HMS faculty who has made a significant and sustained contribution to training other faculty to teach and/or to conduct research in medical education. The award is given in honor of Dr. Charles J. Hatem, the Harold Amos Academy Professor of Medicine, Chair of the Department of Medical Education at Mt. Auburn Hospital, and former director of the Academy Center for Teaching & Learning. Dr. Hatem’s extraordinary style of teaching and extensive contributions to faculty development have inspired innumerable faculty to improve their teaching and have raised the standard and value of teaching at HMS.

Alan M. Leichtner, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Boston Children’s Hospital

Dr. Leichtner, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is a major contributor to the education mission at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is the founder and director of the Children’s Hospital Academy; he serves as the Director of Medical Education in the Office of Faculty Development; and he is Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine at BCH. Dr. Leichtner’s teaching contributions include the second-year gastrointestinal pathophysiology course and the pediatric core clerkship at BCH, and he is the director of the 4th year elective on pediatric gastroenterology at Children’s Hospital. As a member of the Academy at HMS, he contributes to faculty development innovations through the Inter-hospital Collaborative. Dr. Leichtner has received the Murray Davidson Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Distinguished Service Award from NASPGHAN (North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition).

Congratulations to the 2014 Excellence in Tutoring Award and Certificate Recipients!

The Certificate for Excellence in Tutoring is awarded to HMS faculty who serve as tutors in required New Pathway courses in Years I and II and receive a score of 1.25 and above. The score is also based on evaluations by students in their tutorial group, with a minimum of 6 evaluations received, 6 minimum teaching sessions in the specified course.  Recipients of the 2014 Certificate of Excellence in Tutoring taught in Fundamentals of Medicine courses held during March 2013 - June 2013 and August 2013 – January 2014.

2014 is the first year we will be awarding the Excellence in Tutoring Award. The award recognizes those tutors who have received a Certificate for Excellence in Tutoring for three consecutive years. Recipients of the 2014 Award of Excellence in Tutoring taught in Fundamentals of Medicine courses held during academic years 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Click the links below to see the list of recipients for each award:

Just off the Press: Academy Insights, Vol. 5, No. 3!

**Click HERE to access the PDF version**