Educator Development Programs, Workshops, and Resources

A majority of faculty in the Department of Pediatrics are involved in teaching medical students, residents, fellows, faculty and colleagues. To support this teaching mission, the Office of Faculty Development provides educator development CME workshops throughout the year. OFD can also arrange for individual consultation to those interested in conducting education research or quality improvement activities.

OFD Educator Development Programs

The OFD Education Champion Program is for faculty who wish to take a “deeper dive” into the science of education, further develop their own expertise in medical education and serve as a resource for colleagues.

The OFD Pediatric Medical Education Scholars Program has a Pediatric Medical Education Scholars Program for faculty interested in completing a Certificate of Medical Education program while conducting a mentored medical education research project.

OFD Educator Workshops

OFD Educator Workshops are offered periodically to all Department of Pediatrics faculty and UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Physicians interested in improving their teaching, precepting and feedback skills. Powerpoint presentations and links to recorded sessions are available here. (CME is available only at the time of the original, live session) Upcoming workshops are announced via email, newsletter and/or outlook calendar invites.


OFD Education Champion Program

The OFD Education Champions program is designed to invigorate and advance the quality of educator development & the impact of teaching and educational scholarship in the Department of Pediatrics and the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Faculty members who have educational leadership positions (GME program leadership, medical student clerkship director, elective rotation director, etc.) or who aim to have educational scholarship as a major component of their academic career should strongly consider participating in this program.

The OFD Education Champions Program consists of annual cohorts of 10-12 faculty who engage in the following activities:

  1. Ten, 1-hour long, small group sessions over 6-9 months, focused on the science of teaching and learning and clinician-educator professional development
  2. Individualized, peer-observation of teaching sessions in a range of clinical settings, with direct feedback
  3. Educational project development, including preparation for presentation and dissemination

Faculty members must complete an application form and be nominated by their Division Chiefs or Department Directors. Nominations from community faculty and those with appointments in departments other than Pediatrics are also welcome. Annual requests for applications and nominations are distributed through faculty email.

For questions, contact Melissa M. Tavarez, MD, OFD Director of Educator Development at

Pediatric Medical Education Scholars Program

The Pediatric Medical Education Scholars Program was established to provide members of the Department of Pediatrics faculty and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh academic community with the opportunity to develop the skills and obtain the experience necessary to become leaders in medical education scholarship.

Quick Facts

Two (2) faculty members will be selected annually.

Program Components

  • Completion of ICRE Certificate of Medical Education Program (15 credits)
  • Semiannual meetings with mentor committee
  • Development and maintenance of educator portfolio
  • Completion of a medical education research project

Up to $15,000 of funding will be awarded for tuition, project and dissemination costs.

Application Requirements

Application Announcement and Deadlines

Applications and submission cycle announcements are distributed through faculty email.  For more information and to submit application materials, contact:

Melissa M. Tavarez, MD,MS
Associate Vice-Chair - Office of Faculty Development,
Department of Pediatrics
4401 Penn Avenue, AOB 2nd floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15224


OFD Workshops Repository

Workshop  Download Presentation Slides (PDF) Presentation Video (*You may need a Children's user ID and password to view the video)
“Building a Tougher Learner”
August 16, 2018
Presentation Slides (PDF) Presentation Video
"Being a More Proficient Preceptor: How to go from Telling to Learning"
August 30, 2018
Presentation Slides (PDF) Presentation Video
"Assessing Learners. Meaningful Evaluations"
April 27, 2016
Presentation Slides (PDF) Presentation Video
"Clinical Teaching Effectiveness. Promoting Self-efficacy and Metacognition"
February 2016
Presentation Slides (PDF) and Presentation Handout (PDF) Presentation Video
"Giving Feedback, Setting Expectations"
August 20, 2015
Presentation Slides (PDF) Presentation Video
"Teaching Sound Diagnostic Reasoning. A Cognitively-Based 6-Step Approach"
December 16, 2015
Presentation Slides (PDF) Presentation Video
"The Diagnosis and Management of the Learner in Difficulty"
November 24, 2015
Presentation Slides (PDF) Presentation Video


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