Doctors as Educators

Doctors as Educators

The University of Kansas School of Medicine Faculty Development Program, organized out of the Faculty Affairs and Development office, is an established leader in faculty development for medical educators. Since 2006, when our Educator's Breakfast Series began, over 600 faculty and fellows from The University of Kansas School of Medicine as well as School of Nursing and School of Health Professionals have participated in the in our programs. The professional development of participants is supported through the use of adult learning methods and collaborative learning. Courses, programs and continuing education credits are provided for the members of the School of Medicine faculty at no charge. Registration is required and acceptance into the course is a requirement for participation and continuing education credit.

Spring 2015

Doctors as Educators (DAE) Course

Erica Howe, M.D., Course Director

Thirteen consecutive Mondays
February 16 - May 11, 2015
Noon – 1 p.m. (lunch provided) 
SOM Conference Room, 3020 Murphy (broadcasting available in Wichita)

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Course Description

The Doctors As Educators (DAE) Program is a 13 session course focusing on teaching doctors the theory and skills required to become excellent teachers in medical education. All current University of Kansas faculty (clinical and basic science) are invited to participate.

Overall Course Objectives:

  • Identify the current guidelines in the medical literature regarding the skills required to excel as a clinical educator in a diverse environment.
  • Learn the latest innovations in teaching in medical education.
  • Describe and exemplify the use of "advanced organizers" in medical education.
  • Reflect on past teaching experiences and participate in small-group discussions about successful and unsuccessful teaching moments.

Session Objectives and Descriptions

Schedule - Mondays, February 16 - May 11, 2015 (subject to change)


 Bio for Erica Howe, M.D., Course Director

Dr. Howe graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine prior to completing her residency in Internal Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating from Tulane in 2007, she completed a year as chief resident. Her first faculty position was at Johns Hopkins Bayview in Baltimore where she practiced as an academic Hospitalist for three years before arriving to the University of Kansas Medical Center. While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Howe developed various curriculums for Internal Medicine residents and medical students at Johns Hopkins University. Her interest in medical education continued when she moved to Kansas City and was hired as an academic Hospitalist at the University of Kansas and appointed as a Core Faculty for the Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2011.

In the spring of 2012, she introduced a faculty development series titled Doctors as Educators to the faculty at KU. This course focuses on teaching junior faculty how to improve their clinical teaching through active learning principles that include discussion of the theories of learning, teaching methods, teaching clinical reasoning, motivating the learner, addressing the difficult learner, conflict management and negotiation, giving feedback, setting expectations, and time management, among others.

Her endeavors in teaching and academic medicine have been recognized with numerous awards and honors.  In 2013, Dr. Howe was elected as the only M.D. at the University of Kansas Medical Center to receive a Women in Medicine Scholarship to attend the American Association of Medical College's Women's Early-Career Professional Development Seminar.  She was also one of five finalists school wide for the Rainbow Award in 2013, a medical student-elected award to recognize "teaching the art of medicine by example."

Sponsored by

School of Medicine - Faculty Affairs and Development, Department of Internal Medicine and Continuing Education.

Education Scholar Certificates

Education Scholar certificates for faculty learners can be earned by:

  • Attendance at 75 percent or more of the Doctors As Educators (DAE) sessions
  • Creation and teaching of an advanced organizer concept to faculty learners during the DAE course

Continuing Medical Education Credit

Accreditation Statement

The University of Kansas Medical Center Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Kansas Medical Center Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit Designation Statement

The University of Kansas Medical Center Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this educational activity, Doctors as Educators (DAE) Course Part I, for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM . Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Policy on Speaker and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of the University of Kansas Medical Center Office of Continuing Medical Education that the speaker and provider disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, and also disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s). The University of Kansas Medical Center Office of Continuing Medical Education has established policies in place that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosure will be made in the activity handout materials.

Planning Committee

  • Erica Howe, MD, Course Director and Assistant Professor, General and Geriatric Medicine, Educational Services Director and one of the Core Faculty Advisors in Internal Medicine
  • Anne Walling, MB, ChB, FFPHM, Associate Dean for Faculty Development - Wichita
  • Andrea Shaw, Director, Office of Continuing Education, KUMC

Contact Information and Questions

Faculty Affairs and Development (FAD)

Heather Williams (913-588-5266)

Last modified: Feb 03, 2015

Praise from previous Doctors as Educators Course:

"Dr. Howe brought the idea to form a faculty development course on teaching excellence with her from her time at Johns Hopkins. During her first year at KU, she performed a needs assessment and found that there was a strong desire for more formalized training by her colleagues in this area. She took the initiative to use her prior training and experience in teaching excellence and curriculum development to create this comprehensive course on how to excel as an educator in medicine. The Doctors as Educators course encourages the principle of lifelong learning in our faculty and improves the value of classroom and clinical teaching for all learners taught by the faculty that attend this course. I strongly encourage our Chairs to support any faculty who seek to expand their knowledge of pedagogy through this course."
-- Gary Doolittle, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair of Education, Department of Internal Medicine

"Overall, the course was outstanding . I found it very rewarding and practical/pertinent to our daily interactions with our learners. The interactive mode of the presenters with the audience was refreshing!"
-- Abebe Abebe, M.D.

"Attending the Doctors As Educators course was well worth the time investment, as it gave me tools I could immediately put into practice in my teaching activities. The course content itself, as well as the input from the other participants, continue to prove to be valuable to my work as an educator."
-- Emily Riegel, M.D.

"Creating my own advanced organizer and presenting it to my peers gave me the opportunity to practice creating a teaching tool and to get useful feedback from my colleagues."
-- Ann Pizzi, M.D.

"This course was excellent! Both the group discussions and the more formal presentations were very useful. This is an area of education under-represented in physician training and one that is key in the development of exceptional physician educators."
-- Becky Lowry, M.D.