Education Track

The CHLA Education Track is designed for those individuals who are considering a career in academic medicine and would like to devote additional time to developing teaching and leadership skills during residency.


  • Develop requisite skills for effective classroom and clinical teaching, including learner assessment and feedback
  • Develop leadership skills needed to manage a team or group of learners
  • Participate in educational scholarship
  • Develop skills needed for self-direction and life-long learning

Scholarly Projects

Participants realize these goals through a variety of teaching activities during which they are directly observed and provided feedback, analyses of learning and conflict management styles, participation on committees, and creation of a learning plan. Additionally each resident on the Education Track, with the guidance of a dedicated mentor, develops and implements a longitudinal scholarly project. Examples of past projects include:

  • The Effectiveness of a Culturally Responsive Healthcare Curriculum in a Pediatric Residency Program  
  • Creation of Digital Learning Modules for Medical Students
  • Implementing a Spiritual Care Curriculum into Pediatric Residency
  • Training Interns as Teachers: Improving Intern Confidence in Medical Student Education
  • RN Shadowing: Improving Multidisciplinary Communication and Understanding of Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • The Impact of Video Interpretation Use on Family Centered Rounds

Noon Conference Sessions

Education Track residents attend didactics separate from the general residency program, dedicated to education and scholarship-related topics. Examples of session topics include:

  • Research Methods and Survey Design
  • Preparing to teach
  • Orienting learners
  • Clinical/Bedside teaching
  • Giving/receiving feedback
  • Classroom teaching techniques

Educational Conference

Each participant receives funding support to attend an educational conference during the PL-2 or PL-3 year.