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learners and I endeavor to do so in limited ways. Since our
current priorities are in implementing a new curriculum
and in planning for an accreditation visit, there are many
days that are filled with meetings, planning, organizing,
and writing. To me, the most precious responsibility is
shaping a vision and bringing together a team to operationalize that vision in a collaborative and creative way,
with learners, teachers, and administrators working together.
What are the different career options available for early-
career GIs who are interested in medical education?
There are so many options in medical education for early-career gastroenterologists. For those working in private,
group, or community practices, there are opportunities to
precept students, residents, and fellows. For those working
in an academic setting, opportunities abound. It is often a
good idea to start within the division: Get involved in teaching fellows in a clinical setting or creating a new simulation
experience or case workshop for fellows. There are opportunities to teach and supervise students. One of my first opportunities was in teaching in the physical diagnosis course.
There are options to be involved in curriculum committees,
admissions, CME, and to engage in educational initiatives at
The Association of American Medical Colleges has defined
five areas of scholarship in education, and it is possible to
get promoted to full professor – and even to attain academic
tenure, as I have – if you fulfill the requirements for promotion at your institution. These areas include teaching, curriculum development, assessment, mentorship/advising, and
leadership. There are also many ways to get involved in the
AGA ( http://www.gastro.org/trainees) and other organizations.1, 2
Are there advanced training options available
for those interested in medical education?
The AGA Academy of Educators ( http://www.gastro.org/
about/initiatives/aga-academy-of-educators) 3 is a wonder-
ful resource for networking. It has a competitive process
for educational project grants as well as faculty develop-
ment sessions and networking events at DDW®. There are
also national leadership academies in medicine that have
a focus in medical education. The Harvard Macy Institute
is one such opportunity. Many medical schools have their
own academies to support educators and teachers. I have
been privileged to be one of the co-leaders of the AGA
Future Leaders Program ( http://www.gastro.org/about/
initiatives/aga-future-leaders-program) and those with a
niche interest in education can benefit and pursue related
projects. 4 One group was successful in publishing an edu-
cational article after completing the Future Leaders pro-
gram. 5 There are also several master’s programs for further
education and training in educational theory. Some of
these programs are available online or largely online, with
limited requirements for onsite classes.
How do you go about fnding a job in medical education?
First of all, you have to do your “day job.” In order to be a
credible medical clinician-educator you must have clinical
experience in patient care. It is important for the first years
of your career to make sure that you have at least 70%
clinical roles that can be reduced over time to accommodate advancing educational responsibilities. Get involved in
teaching fellows. If you are in a practice, reach out to your
local medical school or hospital to see how you might participate in educational programs. If you are in an academic
setting, meet with the deans in education to express your
interest and look for opportunities to get involved in an area
of interest. If you are in academia, you have to make your
work “count twice”: Being productive in a scholarly way not
only important is as a role model for learners, but it is important for you as a faculty member to grow and advance in
your professional career.
It is always wise to think about when to say “yes” and
when to say “no.” An important point is not to overextend
yourself. Your reputation of completing tasks not only
well, but on time, and thoroughly, is critical to your success. This includes making sure your learner evaluations
are submitted on time, that you complete the administrative work in order to participate in CME programs, and
that you honor your commitments by attending committee meetings.
What are the resources available to early-
career GIs interested in medical education?
It is easy to find resources within your practice, your institution, or externally. The AGA has many resources available
with a good start being the AGA Academy of Educators.
Opportunities for creativity are numerous and with new
advances in team-based learning, simulation, and interprofessional learning, there are new areas for involvement
evolving all the time. 6, 7
Finally, pursuing a career in education is exciting, fun, and
fulfilling. Having the opportunity to influence learners, which
in turn will impact patient care, is an awesome privilege. n
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3. Pfeil S.A., et al. Gastroenterology. 2015;149( 6):1309-14.
4. Cryer B., Rose S. Gastroenterology. 2015;149:246-8.
5. Shah B.J., et al. Gastroenterology. 2016;151( 2):218-21.
6. Shah B.J., Rose S. Gastroenterology. 2012;142:684-9.