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Residents as Teachers

University of Kansas, Internal Medicine Residency Program

At KU we greatly value the importance of self-directed learning, but also recognize that teaching others is vital to medical education and self-improvement. Both the hospital and the Internal Medicine Program have been expanding medical education opportunities and resources for residents to become better educators and physicians.

Resident as Teachers Lecture Series

After years directing a longitudinal faculty development course on teaching skills for medical educators, Dr. Erica Howe transitioned to the role of director of the Resident as Teachers curriculum.  Drs. Erica Howe, Jenn McRae, and Sidra Raza now offer a three-year longitudinal series of lectures to our residents to enhance their skills as educators. With their expertise in coaching learners and enthusiastic approach to medical education, they tackle tough topics facing academic medicine physicians. Topics included in the resident lecture series include:

•       Small Group Facilitation
•       Dealing with the Difficult Learner
•       Bedside Teaching
•       Cognitive Apprenticeship
•       Residents as Leaders
•       Bedside Teaching
•       Finding Your Own Mini-Curriculum
•       Finding the Time to Teach
•       Strategies to Teach Clinical Reasoning
•       The Deadly Sins of Teaching
•       Feedback and Evaluations

Morning Report and Case-Based Medical Education
All of our residents are given the opportunity to present high-yield cases as part of our morning report curriculum. A portion of our morning report is spent on building a differential diagnosis and discussing the case. However, our more formal morning report style, which includes prepared slides, allows the residents a chance to give a short lecture on the epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of the disease in question. This provides our residents experience in preparing lecture slides and educating a medium size group.

Teaching at the KCVA
Rotating at the Kansas City VA not only allows our residents to care for a unique population of patients, but also provides a variety of unique teaching opportunities

  • Resident-lead noon lectures given to medical students rotating on the IM service. These lectures are offered at least monthly and are designed by residents on a topic of their choosing.
  • Afternoon informal small group discussions on high yield topics for residents and medical students offered by senior residents. The workflow and dynamic at the KCVA allows our senior residents to take the lead on providing interactive teaching sessions to their teams.

University sponsored GME Workshop "Residents as Teachers"
This yearly workshop, which is held in early August, allows PGY-2 residents from multiple specialties to come together and discuss the transition from an intern to a supervising resident role. The goal is to encourage and facilitate the development of professional and competent residents as teachers.

Residents as Preceptors
Residents are able to volunteer to be preceptors for first and second year medical students. Students shadow the residents monthly, either in clinic or on an inpatient service, to provide pre-clinical medical students a chance to gain more exposure to patient care. 

JayDoc Free Clinic
Many of our senior residents choose to volunteer as preceptors at the medical school's JayDoc Free Clinic, a student-run non-emergency urgent care clinic located near the hospital. Volunteering at JayDoc allows our residents to step into an "attending role" and work with medical students one-on-one to provide much needed health care in Wyandotte County.

MATIF Scholars Program
MATIF is an honors program that focuses on fostering the skills that residents need to be active leaders in regards to medical education. This program is comprised of residents from each GME specialty and consists of 10 monthly meetings from August to May. Each year 1-2 internal medicine residents are nominated to participate. The sessions feature active learning and cover topics essential for building residents as teachers and leaders. Attending faculty who have demonstrated excellence in education are chosen to be facilitators.


J. McCrae

J. Peterson  


O. Siwoski

C. Streiler  


A. Jobe

J. Kerley  


D. Altenhofen

J. Hampton

Last modified: Oct 09, 2019