Curriculum Overview

Goals & Objectives

After completion of this program, the fellow will have developed the skills to:

  • Demonstrate sound clinical practices early in career
  • Produce legally defensible and financially sound charting in a timely manner
  • Demonstrate compliance with national educational, professional standing, and examination standards by obtaining emergency medicine board certification
  • Develop, implement and evaluate educational programs
  • Design and evaluate curricula
  • Teach and assess learners of multiple levels (UME, GME, faculty)
  • Demonstrate the professional development skills necessary to become successful in an academic environment
  • Demonstrate effective management and leadership skills
  • Design, implement and study innovation in medical education
  • Address policy and accreditation issues and opportunities



Fellows have protected time on Thursday morning to attend didactic conference activities and attendance is expected. In addition, fellows are expected to:

  • Serve as an active member of the conference planning committee
  • Advise interns by serving as the champion for the intern core content section of conference, which involves overseeing PechaKucha-style core content presentations
  • Appraise resident clinical performance and provide appropriate feedback to help improve their performance
  • Apply best practices in resident assessment while participating in the Clinical Competency Committee
  • Apply mentorship skills to guide and advise students/residents by serving as a resident family leader
  • Deliver Grand Rounds [large group lecture] (1-2 times annually)
  • Lead oral boards small groups (3-4 times annually)
  • Serve as Rare Procedures Skills Lab instructor (5-6 times annually)
  • Deliver Emergency Medicine Medical Student Core Content Lectures (6-7 times annually)
  • Additional teaching opportunities are available in the following settings: GME within the Department of Emergency Medicine, UME at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Office of Educational Programming (OEP)


Formal mentorship is provided on a weekly basis through the fellowship directors. Additional formal and informal mentorship is provided through other members of the Education Division, as well as additional faculty within the department, alumni and friends of the fellowship. Educational responsibilities include:

  • Attend CORD Academic Assembly and apply information learned in teaching and clinical work
  • Apply for the faculty discussant role in the clinical pathologic case contest at CORD and, if selected, serve as the UTHealth faculty discussant
  • Apply a range of teaching methods, feedback techniques, and approaches to the assessment of learners
  • Enroll in the University of Houston Masters of Education degree for health science professionals (2 year) or five-course certification program (1 year) and use skills to enhance teaching and clinical work (
  • Enroll and attend the ACEP Teaching Fellowship course which includes attending one week in the fall and another in the spring (a spot has been reserved for the UTHealth education fellow)
  • Fellows may receive additional CME funding for presentations at national conferences or through individual arrangements for specialized faculty development courses that advance an individual fellow’s professional development


The pursuit of a scholarly project is a required component of the fellowship. Fellows are expected to select a scholarly project with the intent to complete it before the end of their fellowship.

  • Evaluate and critique articles in the education literature
  • Assist in designing research proposals with the education division
  • Assist in translating education scholarship to education division activities
  • If applicable, participate in CORD through lecturing, presenting research, participation in MERC, or through committee involvement during the second year of the fellowship
  • Additional opportunities include publications in Annals of Emergency Medicine and web-based curricular design with the education website and ECG Stampede


  • Distinguish desirable traits/qualities in a residency applicant while participating on the Residency Selection Committee – optional
  • Distinguish important aspects of the interview process including how to evaluate an application, reading of a SLOE, and selection of candidates – optional
  • Function as a member of the SLOE committee, evaluating students and writing SLOEs for their residency applications – optional
  • Appraise medical management through departmental QA efforts by participating in the QA committee – optional