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Clinician Educator Training Pathway

The Clinician-Educator Training Pathway (CETP) is a two-year program that provides trainees with the knowledge, skills, and professional preparation they need to be successful in a career as a clinician-educator, recognizing that the medical education career pathway is a deliberate choice that requires a particular set of skills rather than a secondary facet to another career focus. Trainees are introduced into a community of educators that stresses the collaborative approach necessary for success.

Program timeline

Sample curriculum


Applications for the Clinician Educator Training Pathway 2022-2024 cohort are available from February 14, 2022 through April 15, 2022.


Training areas

  • Career Development

    Learn about possible career pathways

    Learn how to be promoted

    Learn to navigate academic medicine as an educator

  • Teaching Strategies

    Explore traditional and innovative instructional strategies

    See how technology can be used

    Examine the literature support and theoretical basis for strategies

  • Education Leadership

    Gain basic skills in curriculum development, program development and evaluation, and assessment

    Appreciate the value of mentorship

    Learn how to navigate committees

  • Education Research

    Explore basic concepts through journal club and scholarly projects

    Produce a tangible capstone project that will demonstrate your skills to future employers

  • Community of Educators

    Join a community of peers and mentors

    Build meaningful relationships that will support you throughout your career

Program Eligibility

Residents and fellows who are completing at least the first year of their training program, or fellows preparing to start a shorter (less than two year) fellowship

  • Trainees interested in making medical education and teaching a significant part of their careers
  • Trainees who are not completing a research fellowship (which would imply that a career would be focused on research outside of education)
  • Any level of prior training/experience acceptable

Application Process

To be considered for the program, please submit the program application, including your CV and a letter from your program director supporting your participation in the pathway.

Program application

Program Leadership

Program Director
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Christen K. Dilly, MD, ME

Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Christen Dilly is a general gastroenterologist with a career focus on medical education. She truly loves her work, and this drives her to help learners and colleagues develop fulfilling careers. Her clinical practice is at the Roudebush VA Medical Center, where she is the Director of Endoscopy and the Director of the Medical Weight Loss Program.  In conjunction with this CETP program, she conducts research into professional identity formation in future educators.  At the fellowship level, she serves as the chair of the clinical competency committee. She also enjoys faculty development, and she has facilitated several faculty learning communities centered around the scholarship of teaching and learning.  She is the Director of the AGA Academy of Educators, where she is working to help GI educators across the country flourish.

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Associate Program Director
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Sara K. Kane, DO, MSED

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Sara Kane is a clinical neonatologist in the Simon Family Tower and the Maternity and Newborn Tower at Riley Hospital for Children. She completed her fellowship training in Neonatal-Perinatal medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, and during her fellowship training also earned her Master’s Degree in Adult Education. She served as the Associate Program Director for the Neonatal Fellowship Program for three years, and is now the Program Director for the Pediatric Residency training program as well as the Associate Director for the Clinician Educator Training Pathway at IU. Her research interests focus on resident and fellow education, especially in program development, curriculum design, and evaluation methodology. In addition, she participates in running neonatal simulations for pediatric and emergency medicine residents and outreach programs throughout the state.

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