Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education

Excellence in Teaching

The Excellence in Teaching (EiT) track is a one-year professional enrichment experience to advance one’s pedagogical practice in medical education, with a focus on character and caring.

How Will the K3 ‘Excellence’ Experience Benefit You?

In addition to courses targeting current educational innovation, the Excellence in Teaching track offers:

  • The opportunity to be observed during your teaching (whether that is in a traditional classroom, at the bedside, or other teaching environments) and receive rich, real-time feedback by a seasoned medical educator – your own personalized Teaching Observation Navigator (Teaching ON’or).
  • Guided construction of an individualized, developmental educator’s portfolio that can be used for promotion, grant writing, trainee applications, interviews and beyond!
  • Kinetic3 Certificate of Completion with recognition shared with your department’s leadership.


  • Courses will meet once a month for up to four hours (Thursday mornings, 8 a.m.-12 p.m).
  • Please expect to contribute a total of 5-6 hours a month, including course participation and other assignments.
  • There is a required 80% attendance to the monthly courses.
  • These interactive sessions will be virtual to accommodate the different locations.
  • All course dates will be provided 60-90 days in advance to accommodate clinical obligations.
  • The first EiT session is the Kinetic3 Orientation, which is scheduled for July 2022.
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Excellence in Teaching Track List of Courses: 

Orientation - July
Graduation - June
Teaching Observation Sessions
  • Intro to Teaching Observations
  • Teaching Observation Discussion
  • Self-Assessment History
  • Lesson Plan Overview

Teaching Portfolio
  • Individualized Creation Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Completion
Individual Courses
  • Character Moments
  • Setting Objectives, goals, and orienting students
  • Growth Mindset Introduction
  • Teaching Strategies for Active Learning (CURRICULUM INNOVATION TEACHING METHOD)
  • Virtual Instruction Techniques
  • Formative Assessment
  • Curriculum Innovation Discussion – Specific Teaching Method
  • Supporting Our Students (SOS)
  • Evidence based teaching strategies and Tips for Large Group teaching
  • Curriculum Innovation Discussion – Specific Teaching Method
  • Presentation skills to engage the audience
  • Competency Based Assessment
  • Culturally Responsive and Humble Teaching
  • Implicit bias - Recognition and Mitigation
  • Curriculum Innovation Discussion – Specific Teaching Method
  • Psychological Safety
  • Remediation

Teaching Observation Navigator

What is an Excellence in Teaching Observation Navigator?

A Teaching Observation Navigator is an individual committed to transform medical education by preparing the next generation of medical educators. You will follow one learner and observe three of their teaching sessions over the next year and provide feedback based on a rubric to help improve their teaching. Your role will be to observe either live in person, live virtual, or view a recording of the participant 3 times over this academic year. You will then use a provided rubric to review the teaching event and meet with the Kineitc3 participant to provide feedback on their teaching.

Different environments to observe teaching and learning:

  • Virtual, real time
  • Virtual, recorded
  • Virtual, small group
  • In-person, whole group
  • In-person, small group
  • Mock learning environment (virtual)

KINETIC3 Participant Vs. Teaching Observation Navigator

KINETIC3 Participant

Objectives for Participant

  • Define goals to enhance your teaching practice
  • Demonstrate effective, active learning techniques
  • Incorporate real-time and longitudinal feedback to establish a reflective professional practice
  • Foster a network of collegial relationships to support your teaching skills


  • Identify teaching opportunities and schedule with observer
  • Complete a teaching history self assessment and discuss goals with observer
  • Complete a lesson plan per observation to provide to the observer ahead of time

Teaching Observation Navigator


  • Review participant's self assessment, goals, and lesson plan
  • Observe the participant in their teaching environment
  • Use a rubric to guide feedback conversations

Time Commitment

  • One 30-minute orientation
  • Attend three teaching observations, live or recorded
  • Provide feedback to the learner following the sessions
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KINETIC3 Teaching Observation Objectives

  • Define

    Define personal goals to advance one's teaching practice.

  • Demonstrate

    Demonstrate effective, active learning techniques.

  • Incorporate

    Incorporate real-time and longitudinal feedback to establish a reflective, professional practice.

  • Foster

    Foster a network of collegial relationships to support your teaching skills and professional development.

The Observations-Feedback Cycles 

Learner Responsibilities

  • Identify teaching opportunity and schedule with observer (live in-person, virtual, recorded)

KINETIC3 Program Responsibilities

  • Provide rubric for observers
  • Connect observer and learner

Teaching Observation Navigator Responsibilities

  • Observe learner
  • Use rubric to guide feedback conversations