Program Overview

This workshop-based course over 8-10 months is intended to review knowledge and skills in medical education with an emphasis on contemporary, evidence-based practices for engaging in effective education in both clinical and classroom settings for medical students. It is based on develops expertise in both the conceptual and practical aspects of faculty development, curriculum design and pedagogy currently in use at Harvard Medical School.

Course material will progress from a collaborative needs assessment for participants to a review of relevant educational and psychologic theory, consensus-based best practices in medical education, and evidence-based guidelines for optimal pedagogy. Specific focus will include classroom-based small group teaching, best practices in bedside teaching, and active learning strategies for engaging contemporary learners in the clinical setting. Opportunities for generalizing principles and practices to medical student education will be identified throughout the course, with emphasis on identifying and actualizing use of the knowledge, skills and behaviors reviewed in the course in the participants’ own teaching activities

  • Curriculum

    Three in-person Workshops, each two days in duration for Cohort 1 followed by two days for Cohort 2 will occur. The workshop director will be Dr. Jeremy Richards. Each workshop will be preceded by two modules of online lectures with associated quizzes (latter used as formative assessment). Each four-day workshop will have late afternoon sessions from 5 pm to 6 pm for “HMS Office Hours” during which HMS faculty will by appointment meet with key TUSCM participants to advise them on their Capstones and to provide any additional support on a case-by-case basis.

    Participants will be required prior to each workshop to review approximately 8-10 hours of online pre-recorded content hosted on Canvas. The workshops will be in Beijing. Modern, evidence-based teaching methods will be modeled and discussed, and opportunities for participants’ questions will be prioritized throughout the three workshops.

    FDP curriculum map


    The assessment will be a weighted assessment with the following weighted components

    • Capstone 50%
    • Midterm Examination 10%
    • Attendance 10%
    • Final Examination 30%
    • A pass will be at or above the 70 percentile on a ranked list
    • Distinction at or above 90 percentile on a ranked list
    1. Capstone: Students will participate in a Capstone project. This project will focus on developing a proposals for a curricular design, or assessment strategy or innovation in process intervention in the participants local setting. Each Capstone Proposal will require a letter of endorsement from the supervisor/chair/hospital director to ensure that there is institutional awareness and endorsement of the project. The Capstone proposal will be reviewed and feedback provided on 2 discrete occasions by a Harvard Medical School Faculty Advisor. Each Capstone will be reviewed by a panel and the score ranked based on merit. Assessment will be based on 3 factors: innovation, feasibility, and presentation. If a participant fails the Capstone (score of <4.0/5.0), or fails to submit a complete Capstone by the submission deadline, they will not receive a score that contributes to their weighted composite grade. Because Capstone contributes 50% of the composite weighted grade the net result will be that the candidate will not be able to graduate from the program. Remediation for the Capstone may be possible on a case-by-case basis.
    2. Formative Assessment: The assessment will be based on successful completion and passing of quizzes that will follow each or a series of lectures. Participants will be given 3 attempts to pass each quiz.
    3. Summative Assessment: The assessment will be based on successful completion and passing the midterm and the final examination. Participants will be required to receive a score of >70% as the passing mark for the midterm and final exams and will then receive the full 30% weighted score for the final exam. If participants score <70% they will have a repeat exam, that will also have a 70% passing mark and will also be required to earn a score >70%. Failure of both the test and re-test will mean that the participant will not receive a score that contributes to their final exam weighted composite grade.
    4. Attendance: Participants will be required to attend all 3 workshops. If participants attend all of the workshops they will receive the full 10% of their grade. If they miss one or more workshops they will not receive a score that contributes to their weighted composite grade.
  • Admissions

    Candidates nominated for the FDP PROGRAM programs will be expected to have a terminal medical degree (MD, MBBS, MB ChB or PhD). Teaching experience will enhance the attractiveness of the candidate. Nominated candidates will submit an application that will include a CV and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor. Candidates will undergo an English competency test and undergo a brief interview by Skype or Zoom.  The selection panel will include an academic representative from TUSCM.