CATE - Center for Ambulatory Teaching Excellence

Publications & Materials

CATE is a non-profit center to aid faculty in publishing and distributing materials. CATE enhances teaching in Ambulatory Medicine through the development of innovative instructional programs; applied research in ambulatory-based medical education; and publication of educational materials.
The Center for Ambulatory Teaching Excellence emerged out of Family and Community Medicine, General Pediatrics, and General Internal Medicine's commitment to excellence, peer review, and dissemination of our educational materials. This non-profit center, housed in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, is evidence of our commitment to educational scholarship.

To enhance teaching in Ambulatory Medicine through:

  • The development of innovative instructional programs
  • Applied research in ambulatory based medical education
  • Publication of educational materials

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 Academic & Career Development


The Educator's Portfolio & CV Compendium
1st ed. ©2002
Authors: D Simpson

Traditionally, our Educator's Portfolio sample book has contained only example entries from each of our 10 portfolio sections. Over time however, our portfolios and CV have become interdependent documents with the CVs highlighting the "what" an educator does and the portfolio presenting the "evidence" of excellence as an educator. To demonstrate this relationship, our newest publication presents copies of faculty members' CVs and accompanying portfolios as submitted for promotion to both associate and professor ranks.

The Educator's Portfolio
wire bound, 4th ed. ©1998
Authors: D Simpson, A Beecher, J Lindemann, and J Morzinkski

Recognition of the work of educators is increasingly based on their ability to provide evidence of their impact/quality as a teacher, adviser, curriculum developer, evaluator, and/or educational administrator. The Educator's Portfolio has been nationally recognized as a model for documenting one's activities as an educator. However, the EP is an important tool for tracking your professional growth. Nearly 80 pages of examples from actual faculty portfolios, this sample book provides an array of entries. We include a list of references including our publications in: Teaching and Learning in Medicine (6(3):1994; 9(1):1997); and Family Medicine (27(5):1995). With its fourth edition, copies have been distributed throughout the continental US, Canada, Puerto Rico and Europe!


Mentoring Guidebook for Academic PhysiciansMentoring Guidebook for Academic Physicians
Authors: D Bower, S Diehr, J Morzinski, and D Simpson

Our colleagues are a major factor in our academic success. Senior colleagues can socialize new faculty to the unwritten rules of academic medicine, assist with career planning, and help them form strong colleague networks. This practical, how-to guidebook is for mentors and protégées focused on topics, strategies, and examples of mentor-protégée interactions. It contains checklists (e.g., behaviors associated with academic success) and an annotated CV review revealing the CV as a ready source of data for the mentor to provide support, challenge and vision in dialogues with his/her protégée. Length: 69 pgs including references

 Clinical Teaching Skills

Critical Teaching Incident Casebook: Advancing the Scholarship of Teaching through Critical AnalysesCritical Teaching Incident Casebook: Advancing the Scholarship of Teaching through Critical Analyses and Reflection of ACGME Competency Based Teaching Cases and Reflection of ACGME Competency Based Teaching Cases
1st ed. ©2005
Editors: D Simpson, C McLaughlin

Building upon Stephen Brookfield's teaching incident technique and the concept of teaching scripts, each case in this book contains a brief description of a teaching situation, the emotional response evoked n the teacher (e.g., anger, elation), the teaching objectives (framed to highlight the ACGME objectives of professionalism and/or systems-based practice), the teacher-learner interaction, and a critical analysis of the incident. The cases are intended to provoke critical discussion about teaching - from targeted ACGME competencies to teaching strategies - as our goals are to improve clinician educators' ability to teach and to contribute to a scholarship of clinical teaching.

Award-Winning Clinical Teachers Teach: Literature-based ambulatory teaching methods
CD Rom - Run Time: 60 min.
Co-Producers: C Heidenreich and D Simpson

Four award-winning primary care clinical teachers demonstrate methods cited in the literature as effective and efficient clinical teaching strategies: 1-2 focal teaching point, priming, teaching in the patients' presence, and feedback. We also illustrate the use of personal digital assistants and feedback notes as part of the clinical teaching interaction. Each method is first over viewed by a narrator with key features highlighted in text. Then each method is demonstrated by at least two clinical teachers in response to a standardized student. Designed to be used as short 1-2 minute video clips or as an 8 minute continuous teaching interaction for use during clinical teaching workshops with faculty and/or community preceptors.

Standardized Ambulatory Teaching Situations (SATS) Resources

  • Improving Clinical Teaching Through SATS DVD
    As written about in Teaching and Learning in Medicine (4(1):1992), this DVD is a series of clinical vignettes each taught by two different faculty to provide a basis for comparison. It is an excellent trigger to stimulate discussion about teaching styles in the ambulatory setting.
  • A Facilitator's Guide to SATS Consultation DVDA companion to the vignette, this DVD provides a demonstration of how to debrief the SATS experience. It includes annotated comments from experienced debriefers.
  • SATS Case Workbook and Samples
    A hard copy of the vignettes presented in our video "Improving Clinical Teaching Through SATS". This soft bound book includes guidelines for your own case development including patient information worksheets, three case presentations and related abstracts.
 Instructional Materials (by topic)


Understanding and Interpreting Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring
3rd ed. ©2000
Author: Michael Wolkomir

Understanding and Interpreting Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring On STFM's best seller list for 1995 and on the 1996 Family Medicine Basic Book List as a recommended text for a Residency Program Director's Library. This pocket-sized book is a great reference for teaching in obstetrics. The third edition adds a brief discussion of ante-partum fetal evaluation, including Non-Stress Testing, Contraction Stress Testing, and the Biophysical Profile.



 Medical Student Education

A Structured Medical Interviewing Course: Seven Standardized Patient Cases (PDF)
Authors: Kayleen Papin, MD and Joan Bedinghaus, MD

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