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External Online Educator Resources

Here you can find a list of curated resources that are particularly helpful to your practice as a medical educator.

  • Faculty Vitae, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Affinity Group on Faculty Affairs: Articles on academic career development, negotiation, mentoring, diversity, leadership and teams, and recruitment and retention.
  • Resources for Educators, Academic Pediatric Association: Templates, analysis tool, and guidelines for developing educational portfolios and reporting ED scholarship, plus modules on scientific writing and peer review.

Resources for Presenting

Find resources to assist you in developing and delivering an engaging and memorable presentation. Even if you are a seasoned speaker, we think you will find it beneficial to take a few moments to review the contents of this page.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Short, simple, and vetted how-to guides, videos, and links to helpful online teaching resources.
  • Micro-learning Teaching Technology Sessions: Get “connected” to the latest trends for technology in the classroom.
  • Scholarship Resources: Multiple suggested articles on education research and scholarship resources.

Teaching Mentorship

The Mentoring subcommittee works to facilitate and enhance the development of mentorship relationships within the Academy.  We see mentorship dyads as dynamic, reciprocal relationships between an advanced career incumbent (mentor) and a mentee aimed at promoting advancement of the teaching careers of both.

Resources for Teaching Online

Create online opportunities to share what you otherwise would have shared in person

  • Voice Over PowerPoint: Use Microsoft PowerPoint on your computer to bring life and narration to your presentations to share with learners.
  • Videos/Screensharing
  • Screengrabs
    • Jing : Easily copy/paste from your screen into presentations, emails, and other messages without having to use multiple programs to crop and edit.
  • Piktochart: (An online tool for creating infographics, presentation slides, reports, flyers, posters, and more.)
  • EdPuzzle: (A free assessment-centered tool that allows teachers and students to create interactive online videos by embedding either open-ended or multiple-choice questions, audio notes, audio tracks, or comments on a video.
  • Workflowy: (A web-based organizational tool for creating lists, to-dos, notes, and more)
  • Audio Only
    • Super Short Video– There are TONS of different Podcast programs through which you can create a podcast. We are sharing a Podbean video simply for illustrative purposes.
    • Podcasts: Use when you want to easily broadcast engaging audio content that learners can then listen to anytime or anywhere. 

Efficiently communicate with your learners

  • Synchronous video chat: Use to host web conferences to create a collaborative and in-person virtual feel for your learners

Make your content available to your learners

Infuse low stakes assessments and gather on-the-fly feedback from learners

X/Twitter can serve as a meaningful social networking tool to engage and collaborate with learners! This “micro-blogging” service allows users to create posts consisting of 140 characters or less that can be categorized and searched using hashtags. Students, organizations, libraries, journals and faculty members across the medical community are making the most of X/Twitter to create connections and valuable learning moments. X/Twitter can be used to communicate announcements, provide study information, share resources and to promote upcoming educational events. Real time classroom applications for X/Twitter include connecting students, fostering learning collaboration, student polling and for receiving curricular feedback.

If you are interested in trying X/Twitter, consider these quick tips:

  1. Ask questions to open a dialogue with colleagues and learners
  2. Always Tweet with value
  3. Utilize hashtags to link posts.

To learn more about using X/Twitter in Medical Education, please read the Medical Teacher Twelve Tips article by clicking here. This article summarizes how X/Twitter has been described in the medical literature and shares practical reasons for using X/Twitter.