Linking Education Across Residency-training Networks (LEARN)

Developed by:

David Topor, Ph.D., MS-HPEd. (

Andrew Budson, MD (

VA Boston Healthcare System

VA Boston Healthcare System Linking Education Across Residency-training Networks

Growing as an Educator Curriculum

The resources below are meant to provide a broad overview of educational theory and principles, ways to integrate these principles into your teaching, and strategies for personal and professional development.

These activities are meant to be used in conjunction with coaching sessions, which will allow for the development of additional learning activities that are tailored to specific learning needs and goals.


Learning Activities

Introduction and Needs Assessment

SurveyMonkey needs assessment survey;

Meeting with Dr. Topor

Theory and Course

Adult learning theory


Dunlosky J, Rawson KA, Marsh EJ, Nathan MJ, Willingham DT. Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques:Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology. Psychological Science in the Public Interest. 2013;14(1):4-58.

Animated video on how adults learn. (3 minutes)

Video on how to use learning theory to design learning experiences. (1 hour, 19 minutes)

Active learning

Flipped classroom

Problem-based learning

Teaching critical thinking

Video on strategies to increases learner engagement when teaching. (1 hour)

Website provides examples of active learning activities.

Video on how to use a flipped teaching approach in case-based learning. (5 minutes)

Video discussing approaches to teaching clinical reasoning skills. (57 minutes)

Video discussing strategies to help learners develop critical thinking.

(1 hour, 5 minutes)

Using technology to teach

Video describing ways technology can be used to engage learners before, during, and after a teaching session. (55 minutes)

Cognitive science of teaching and learning

Video on the basics of the cognitive science of teaching and learning and how to use this science to improve education. (1 hour, 10 minutes)

Curriculum design

Video on curriculum development and discussion on implementation of a new training curriculum. (20 minutes)

Learning goals and objectives

Video on how to use Bloom’s taxonomy to write learning objectives. (10 minutes)

Website provides valuable information on writing learning goals.

Teaching Strategies:


Ludmerer KM. Four Fundamental Educational Principles. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2017;9(1):14-17.

Papp KK, Huang GC, Lauzon Clabo LM, et al. Milestones of critical thinking: a developmental model for medicine and nursing. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. May 2014;89(5):715-720.

Shoulders B, Follett C, Eason J. Enhancing critical thinking in clinical practice: implications for critical and acute care nurses. Dimensions of critical care nursing : DCCN. Jul-Aug 2014;33(4):207-214.

Video demonstrating problem-based learning. (11 minutes)

Video demonstrating steps involved in problem-based learning. (4 minutes)

Personal Development

Bickel J. Not Too Late to Reinvigorate: How Midcareer Faculty Can Continue Growing. Academic medicine. 2016: 91(12): 1601-1605.


Busireddy KR, Miller JA, Ellison K, Ren V, Qayyum R, Panda M. Efficacy of Interventions to Reduce Resident Physician Burnout: A Systematic Review. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2017;9(3):294-301.

Tijdink JK, Vergouwen AC, Smulders YM. Emotional exhaustion and burnout among medical professors; a nationwide survey.

BMC medical education. 2014;14:183.

Teaching learners from different generations

Assessment and Feedback:

Video describing characteristics of different generations of learners and strategies to engage with each generation. (1 hour)

Bing-You R, Hayes V, Varaklis K, Trowbridge R, Kemp H, McKelvy D. Feedback for Learners in Medical Education: What Is Known? A Scoping Review. Academic medicine. 2017; 92(9): 1346-1354.


Konopasek L, Norcini J, Krupat E. Focusing on the Formative: Building an Assessment System Aimed at Student Growth and Development.

Academic medicine. 2016;91(11):1492-1497.


Lockyer J, Carraccio C, Chan M, Hart D, Smee S, Touchie C, Holmboe ES, Frank JR, & on behalf of the ICBME Collaborators. Core principles of assessment in competency-based medical education.

Medical teacher. 2017; 39(6): 609-616.


Norcini JJ, McKinley DW. Assessment methods in medical education.

Teaching and teacher education. 2007;23(3):239-250.


Ramani S, Krackov SK. Twelve tips for giving feedback effectively in the clinical environment. Medical teacher. 2012;34(10):787-791.



Video providing an overview of assessment and evaluation in health professions education. (50 minutes)

Video re-enactments of standardized patient exams. (16 minutes)

Video describing how assessment is linked to increased quality of clinical care. (1 hour, 14 minutes)

Giving feedback

Video on effective strategies to provide feedback to learners. (59 minutes)

Reducing burnout

Video on strategies to reduce educator burnout. (49 minutes)

Website with resources promoting faculty and learner wellness.

Achieving personal and professional goals

Video with tips on helping faculty members achieve both personal and professional goals. (55 minutes)

Work-life balance

Educational portfolios

Video describing techniques to manage the work/life balance for busy educators. (59 minutes)

Video with strategies for faculty to develop educational portfolios. (59 minutes)

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