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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Clinician Educator Track

Master
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The Clinician-Educator Track is a specialized residency training track with adjunctive curriculum and opportunities designed to educate residents about academic medicine and psychiatry, enhance their 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 are also responsible for facilitating the delivery of this curriculum to the broader residency program

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Track Elements

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  • Didactic lecture series
  • Formalized mentoring relationship with a clinician-educator faculty member
  • Attendance / participation at local regional and/or national conferences
  • Experience as a teacher of fellow residents, students, and/or the lay community
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Benefits of Participation

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  • Assistance with early identification and focus on areas of career interest
  • Development and presentation of an educational project
  • Specific attention given to the production and submission or scholarly works for publication
  • Formal distinction by graduation certificate
  • Initiation of the development of an academic career
  • Networking opportunities and increased exposure to academic psychiatrists
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CET Committee

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The CET Committee is a functional subcommittee of the Program Evaluation Committee (PEC) and reports to the PD. The composition of this committee will be at the discretion of the EPC and PD. The duties of this group will be to: 1) recruit residents to the track, 2) implement the selection process and select CET participants, 3) identify interested faculty participants and mentors, 4) facilitate the participation of faculty at all levels, including formal selection and appointment to the CET Steering Committee, 5) provide general administrative oversight for the CET, and 6) monitor and review CET trainees’ academic progress within the track and report this back to the PD.

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Selection Process

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PGY2 and PGY3 residents are eligible to apply in the fall of the academic year. Participation will begin in January. The PD will be asked to approve any applicant's participation before an application will be accepted. Residents may be permitted to participate in both the CET and The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (CPS) Advanced Studies course if, based on feedback from PDs as a part of the general application process, residents are in good standing. Application materials will be made available to interested trainees and will be accepted in electronic format. The CET committee will review applications and make all determinations as to the CET selectees.

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Time

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The model of "protected time" utilized in the CET will be identical to that employed when trainees participate in the CPS 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 work week.

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Meetings

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CET holds an administrative (“business”) meeting on the second Friday of each month during lunch. This meeting provides an opportunity for program review and evaluation, discussion of mentors and CET leadership, and curriculum planning. On the last Thursday of each month, beginning at 6:00pm, the educational activity (lecture, workshop) is presented (see Curriculum below). CET faculty sponsor lunch and/or dinner for all meetings.

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Curriculum

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The curriculum of CET is composed of eight (8) subunits, or education blocks, which are covered over a two-year period. Each education block is 2-3 months in duration, assigned to one of the CET residents, and focuses on a specific educational goal. During the block, the topic is first presented by a faculty member (either CET or invited faculty), and the following month, the CET resident presents on a related aspect of this topic. For example, in the education block on “Teaching across various medical settings,” the faculty presentation focuses on “Large group teaching,” while the resident presentation focuses on “Teaching in small groups and at the bedside.”

Other sample education blocks include: (1)Reviewing the Medical Literature, (2) How to Create an Education Curriculum, (3) Mentorship and Professionalism, (4) Creating an Academic Portfolio.

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The Project

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Participants in the track will be expected to develop and present a project that should result in a scholarly publication or presentation. Examples of this work might be a review paper, a collection of case reports, a Grand Rounds presentation, or a work of educational research. Should this project be accepted through the peer-review process of a major academic meeting, the track participants will be eligible for a one-time partial travel reimbursement to present at the meeting as detailed in the residency manual.

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Mentorship

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There will be a formal mentoring relationship established between the CET participants and clinician-educator faculty members by May/June following 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 PD per ACGME expectations. It is hoped that there will be meetings between mentor and trainee no less than monthly.