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Medical Educator Pathway


The Medical Educator Pathway (MEP) is a longitudinal experience that allows College of Medicine students to combine the Integrated Pathway Curriculum (IPC) with teaching experiences, educational scholarship, and independent coursework. SUNY Downstate has a long history of producing outstanding medical educators and can prepare its students for careers in medical education through the Medical Educator Pathway.

Students engaged in the pathway will be afforded the opportunity to build a foundation in educational techniques and experiences prior to the start of residency. This opportunity is congruent with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's (ACGME) emphasis on residents as teachers, and therefore may aid in enhancing the appeal of Downstate College of Medicine graduates to residency programs and directors.

Mission of the Medical Educator Pathway (MEP)

The purpose of the MEP is to prepare medical students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be future leaders in medical education, both in the formal realm of academic medicine and the informal realm of patient and community education. Medical Educator Pathway goals include promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching and to support innovation, scholarship and research in medical education.

Medical Educator Pathway Components

Core Requirement — MEP Introductory Course

Through this mini course, students will acquire a basic understanding of educational principles and theory relevant to medical education, as well as basic teaching methodology. Topics to be covered in the mini-course include the following:

  • Instructional methods: pre-clerkship, clinical, patient, community
  • Curriculum development and evaluation
  • Adult learning theory
  • Evaluation and assessment
  • Medical education research and literature
  • Leadership and organizational development


Students will be paired with a mentor who will guide them through their scholarly projects as well as be a resource throughout medical school.

With each subsequent MEP cohort, new MEP students will be added to the mentor-MEP student team to create an MS1-MS4 Mentor team. In this way students will also serve as mentors to other junior MEP students. Other examples of mentorship opportunities include serving as mentors to non-MEP medical students, grade school, or high school students.

Committee Service

Students in the MEP will be encouraged to serve on at least one committee during medical school that focuses on some aspect of medical education, including, but not limited to, Admissions, Curriculum and Educational Policy, Student Liaison Committee, or Dean's Council.


Students are expected to teach during medical school and/or complete related educational activities. Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing and delivering lectures
  • Tutoring
  • Creating and/or facilitating a PBL or other small group sessions
  • Teaching clinical skills physical exam sessions
  • Serving as a simulated patient
  • Developing formative and summative assessment materials
  • Developing new materials or methods for teaching
  • Curriculum development

All activities should be supervised and evaluated by an MEP faculty member or an MEP peer mentor.

Research and/or Medical Education Conferences

It is expected that students will present or attend at least one regional or national education conference while enrolled in the pathway.


Students will assemble a portfolio to document their MEP experience. Examples of what could be included in the portfolio include:

  • Personal teaching philosophy
  • Curriculum products
  • Reflection regarding goals as an educator
  • Feedback/evaluation received from students/faculty
  • Other products related to teaching, i.e., study sheets for tutoring, lectures
  • Documentation from presentations at conferences

Criteria for Successful Completion of Medical Educator Pathway

  • Completion of at least 1 Educational/Teaching experience per year over 4 years
  • Attendance to 4 lectures per year over 4 years
  • Attendance/Presentation to at least one Medical Education Conference in 4 years
  • Completion of Portfolio, Mentoring and Committee Service criteria

Admission Criteria and Prerequisites

The pathway is open to all students in good academic standing who consistently demonstrate professional behavior in medical school.

In the middle of the first semester of medical school, the entire first year class will be sent an email which describes how interested students may enroll in MEP. A student may enroll in the MEP program during Foundations 1 or 2. Special exceptions to enroll during later years will be judged on a case-by-case basis. Students who have enrolled may withdraw at any time without penalty.

Upon completion of the MEP, students receive an award and are to be acknowledged on Awards Day as a graduate of the Medical Educator Pathway. Their participation in the MEP is to be noted in their Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE/Dean's Letter for residency application).