Physician Educator Certificate Program (PECP)

The Physician Educator Certificate Program launched in 2016 after seeing the need and benefits to developing confident resident educators. To date, more than 316 residents and fellows have successfully graduated from the program and many hold academic positions at various institutions in the US and around the world.

Residents and fellows have significant teaching responsibilities but they seldom receive formal training on effective teaching. Given the importance of teaching and requirements of the LCME and ACGME, developing effective teaching skills is needed. Not only does this certificate program fulfill accreditation requirements, the purpose of the program is to improve teaching skills of residents and fellows and prepare trainees for their academic career. The goal is for residents and fellows to have greater teaching confidence and experience job satisfaction.

The Physician Educator Certificate Program is an 8-month program. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.


  • Develop skills to teach learners effectively
  • Facilitate large and small group discussions effectively using interactive teaching strategies
  • Provide meaningful feedback to learners
  • Develop awareness of own teaching strengths and weaknesses
  • Incorporate effective teaching techniques to engage learners


  1. Attend 6 of the 8 face-to-face sessions ( MSB, refer to the PECP Calendar- 2022-2023 – General)
  2. Complete 2 peer observations of own teaching (clinic or lecture) and write a reflection paper (1-page/150-300 words) after each observation, based on the feedback you received.
  3. Revise your teaching philosophy as a final educational product
  4. Submit a 6-55 Reflection (In-class activity)

Program Duration

September 2022 through May 2023 (8 months)


 May 17, 2023

Application Deadline

August 26, 2022 (5:00PM)

Apply HERE

Documents to submit when you apply through the link:
1) Teaching Philosophy
2) Letter of Support from Program Director

For more information, please contact the PECP Director –
Dr. Peggy Hsieh at (713) 500-7482,