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Department of Psychiatry

Houston, Texas

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Clinician-Educator Track


The Clinician-Educator Track (CET), founded in 2003, is a specialized residency training track designed to educate residents about academic medicine and psychiatry, enhance knowledge about career opportunities in academic psychiatry, improve graduating residents' readiness for success as clinician-educators, and broaden residents' understanding of research and publication in the field of medical education. Members of the CET track are also responsible for facilitating delivery of this curriculum to the broader residency program.

Selection into the CET will provide recognition and training for those interested in becoming a faculty member of an academic institution.

Track Elements

  • Didactic lecture series every other month
  • Workshops at faculty homes every other month
  • Access to web-based teaching resources
  • Formalized mentoring relationship with a clinician-educator faculty member
  • Experience as a teacher of fellow residents, students, and the lay community
  • Encouraged attendance to at least one major academic meeting
  • Identification of area(s) of career interest

Member Expectations

  • Development and presentation of an educational project
  • Committee chair/meeting facilitator for 3 month rotation
  • Organization and attendance of CET workshops and general program lectures
  • Participation in at least 8 out of 12 CET monthly committee meetings
  • Selection of new faculty and resident CET committee members

Resident Chair

As a resident CET member, one of your responsibilities will be to serve as resident chair of the CET Committee monthly meetings. This is a position that is rotated among the current CET residents and is held in three month terms. As resident chair, your responsibilities are as follows:

  • E-mail the current resident and faculty CET members with the date, time and location of the monthly CET meeting
  • Secure and remind a CET faculty member to provide food for each meeting
  • Set the agenda for each monthly meeting, including resident member scholarly activities, upcoming CET events, and any other pertinent items
  • Run the monthly committee meeting by executing agenda items
  • Record and disperse meeting minutes each month, including attendance
  • A copy of meeting minutes are to be placed in the CET binder and also uploaded to the Google docs database
  • Cultivate discussion on future workshop and lecture ideas
  • Delegate a resident to organize each monthly workshop and lecture

New Member Selection

  • Pgy-II and III residents and first year child fellows are eligible to apply in the fall of the academic year
  • The RTD will be utilized in making the decision to accept any applicant's applications
  • Application materials will be made available to resident trainees and will be accepted in electronic format, emailed to the current resident committee chair
  • The CET Committee will review applications and make all determinations as to the CET selectees
  • Selections will be announced in January. Participation will begin immediately upon selection
  • CET will maintain approximately 6 resident members, or an approximate 1:1 faculty to resident ratio


The model of "protected time" utilized in the CET will be identical to that employed when trainees participate in the HGPI Advanced Studies course. This means that allowances will be made for the time necessary to participate in CET activities, but there will be an expectation that trainees will fully maintain all of their assigned commitments. The hours needed to complete the CET will be in addition to the normal workweek.

The CET sponsors didactic lectures (open to all residents) and informal, "hands-on" workshops for CET members only, which are held in faculty homes on an alternating monthly basis. Examples of CET educational lectures and workshops include

Lecture Series and Workshops

  • Being and Academic Supervisor
  • Preparing a Presentation
  • Teaching Residents How to Teach
  • Organized Academic Psychiatry and Educational Research
  • Writing a Paper for the Non-researcher
  • Building Your Educational Portfolio
  • Leadership
  • Portrait of a Clinician-Educator/Attributes of a Teacher
  • Preparing a Curriculum Vitae
  • Giving Feedback and Evaluation

CET track members are responsible for development of lecture and workshop ideas, as well as the logistics of implementing these activities, including coordinating speakers, identifying workshop hosts and securing lecture locations and materials.

The Project

Participants in the track will be expected to develop and present a project that highlights an educational objective, and should result in a scholarly publication or presentation. Examples of this project might be a review paper, a collection of case reports, a Grand Rounds presentation, or a work of educational research. This project should be developed and proposed to the Committee for approval in abstract form within three months of beginning track participation. Should this project be accepted through the peer-review process of a major academic meeting, the track participants will be eligible for travel assistance reimbursement, dependent on fund availability, to present at the meeting as detailed in the residency manual.

Of note, a participant may have more than one scholarly work in progress; however, one must be designated as a primary target goal for completion during CET tenure.

Project examples include:

  • Creating an internet-based durable product to train therapists to administer CBT
  • Developing medical student crash course prep for clerkship boards and oral examinations
  • Survey research on how the attitudes of IM attendings affects IM residents' treatment of depressed patients
  • AAP workshop and research paper examining the culture of volunteerism in psychiatry
  • Implementing an educational tool for clergy to recognize child abuse and available resources
  • Developing a "Clinical Pearls Manual" and Emergency Crash Course for Interns
  • Creating Psychotherapy 101 Lecture Series for LACE MH pathway medical students
  • Dark Knight - Media and Mental Health AAP Workshop, APA poster and BCM Grand Rounds


A formal 1:1 mentoring relationship will be established between the CET participants and clinician-educator faculty members, ideally occurring within two months of selection. Every effort will be made to match the trainees with a faculty member with similar interests and strong regard will be given to the trainee's choice of mentors. This mentoring relationship may not replace one of the individual supervisor assignments as made by the RTD per ACGME expectations. It is hoped that there will be individual meetings between mentor and trainee no less than monthly. While collaboration between the CET mentor and mentee is encouraged for formal CET projects, selection of project mentors may range outside of the CET Committee with willing BCM faculty who may provide opportunities specific to the member's interests. The role of a CET mentor is as follows:

  • Assist with developing academic projects
  • Assist with project execution
  • Plan presentations
  • Cultivate academic interests
  • Foster continued growth as a clinician educator

CET Committee

The CET Program Committee is a functional subcommittee of the Residency Program Committee (RPC) and reports to the RPC and the residency training director regularly. The composition of this committee is at the discretion of the committee and director. The duties of this group are to:

  • Recruit to the track
  • Implement the selection process and select CET participants
  • Provide general administrative oversight for the CET
  • Monitor and review CET trainee's academic progress within the track and report this back to the director

2014-2015 CET Committee Members

John Coverdale, MD (Co-chair)
Rayan Al Jurdi, MD (Co-chair)
David B. Arciniegas, MD
Mehmet Sagman Kayatekin, MD
Daryl Shorter, MD
Andrea Stolar, MD

Kala Bailey, MD
Dana Billups, MD
Stephanie Hernandez, MD
Noor Jarun, MD
Lawrence Kaplan, MD
Karim Lotfy-Mohammed, MD
Petra Pilgrim, MD
Amy Vyaz, MD

A special thank you to all past CET Committee Members and Mentors. Your contribution is immeasurable.