Career Development


Key Points:

  • Establish goals and make a plan as early as possible in career
  • Ask for career advice from someone who is in the position that you'd like to attain
  • Distinguish yourself as a clinician educator by:
    • Accepting teaching roles
    • Joining local and national educational groups and societies
    • Documenting your educational activities in an Educator Portfolio
      • Education personal statement including future goals
      • Training in education
      • Teaching activities
      • Educational materials and tools developed 
      • Mentoring activities
      • Awards and honors
      • Education leadership positions
      • Student and peer evaluations
      • Education research
  • Participate in and leverage formal training in education - it really helps!



  • Establish career goals
  • Develop a plan for reaching those goals
  • Begin compiling an Educator's Portfolio


Recommended Resources: 

Brief Review


The Art of Career Development. Harvard Business Review. 3 minutes.

Executive Career Planning & Performance Development. Intelligent 7 minutes.


Maintaining an Educational Portfolio. Baylor College of Medicine.

Gold R. Junior Faculty Guide to a Successful Career: Keys to Advancement and Promotion at UCLA.

Roberts DH, Schwartzstein RM, Weinberger SE. Career development for the clinician-educator. Optimizing impact and maximizing success. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2014 Feb;11(2):254-9. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201309-322OT. PubMed PMID: 24575995. 

Steinert Y. Faculty development: On becoming a medical educator. Med Teach. 2012;34(1):74-6. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2011.596588. PubMed PMID: 22250680.

Harden RM. Looking back to the future: a message for a new generation of medical educators. Med Educ. 2011 Aug;45(8):777-84. doi:
10.1111/j.1365-2923.2011.03934.x. Review. PubMed PMID: 21752074.;jsessionid=B25E76FCF264342052EE7D8D588F926F.f01t04


Uijtdehaage S, Kalishman S, O'Sullivan P, Robins L. How to Succeed as a Medical Education Scholar: Identifying Your Individual Strategy and Creating a Roadmap for Scholarship. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2013. In this workshop, participants identify personal and institutional obstacles towards scholarship and explore habits and strategies that successful scholars have used to circumvent these. The goal of the workshop is a frank exchange of ideas among all participants, including workshop leaders, that will culminate in a personalized strategy for success.

BUSM+ Medical Education Badge Program. Boston University School of Medicine. This program provides you with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals about teaching and learning that you may have missed in your professional career or now want to review to enhance your teaching. The online, asynchronous program is conveniently offered 24/7 during a 12-week schedule, and is designed for busy practicing and retired health care professionals who also teach other professionals, students, and patients.

Advanced Educator Course. Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. CME Course given annually. $ Fee required


In-Depth Review


NOW: Introduction to Career Development. UC Berkeley. 58 minutes.

UC Berkeley NOW Conference (9 videos). UC Berkeley. 24 - 69 minutes each.

Establishing Your Reputation as a Scholar. New Faculty Institute 2014. Harvard University. 37 minutes.

Navigating your Professional Path as a Scholar. New Faculty Institute 2014. Harvard University. 22 minutes.


DR-ED: An Electronic Discussion Group for Medical Educators. Sponsored by Michigan State University. A mass email listserve that allows you to ask questions of other medical educators and virtually listen in to their conversations.

MedEdPortal. Association of American Medical Colleges. The single best repository that exists for medical education resources. Look here first for almost everything.

Join a Medical Education Association

Certificate of Education Leadership. Masters of Health Professions of Education Program at the University of Michigan Medical School. This certificate is designed to help educators understand and practice the principles of leadership to influence change in this rapidly changing educational environment. Learners will meet from 8am-noon once a month for 10 months. Tuition for the course is $3,500 USD and includes all session fees, course materials and selected meals for the 10 sessions.

Masters of Health Professions Education Program. Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. An innovative, completely competency-based masters degree for current health professions educator-leaders. This program is designed for people with education/teaching experience in the health professions. At the start of the program, learners are assigned a mentor that will help design an individualized learning plan consisting of activities a typical educator may be expected to perform in their current educational role. The program is flexible in that the individualized learning plan is developed using a learners current educational experience, therefore, the educational activities are tailored to each learner. The program defines 12 competencies in 5 competency domains related to health professions education.

Annual Meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE). CME course. $ Fee required