Additional collaboration with the School of Education gives gives fellows exposure to colleagues with interests in education, program development and innovation. We believe that for future clinician-investigators, education and training in pedagogic methods and supervised teaching experiences are important, since they will likely be engaged in both clinical and research teaching, and possibly have roles in education/training program development and evaluation.
Fellows rarely have had formal training in teaching methods or have had supervised teaching experiences prior to their fellowship. At a minimum, a successful investigator has responsibility to train the investigators of the future. Many will also be engaged in some clinical teaching or supervision during their careers. It is also important to learn management skills such as personal time and work management, project and staff management, program administration, and budget preparation and financial management. Thus, the need to protect the research-oriented trainee’s time so that he or she can pursue research and research training should be balanced against the value of training in teaching and management methods. This is addressed in our program by a time commitment of not more than 10% to the development of pedagogic and management skills.