Achieving teaching excellence starts with knowing what is expected of you in your role as a teacher in clinical, didactic, and small group settings, as well as in your efforts toward mentoring trainees and supervising their scholarship.

Teaching Categories 

At the Perelman School of Medicine, activities that count toward your annual required teaching effort include  

Teaching Credits 

To ensure parity across departments in terms of teaching effort, each teaching category is allotted a discrete number of whole credits. Faculty on the Academic Clinician, Clinician Educator, and Tenure tracks are expected to amass a minimum of 100 teaching credits per year. For most, meeting the 100 credits will be par for the course, but you are nonetheless responsible for tracking your teaching to ensure you are on track to meet your 100 credits each year. If you are in a highly specialized field or one with a limited number of trainees or learners, you may need to contact your department leadership or one of the various education administration offices (see below) to find out about opportunities for teaching. Keep in mind that at least 50% of teaching allocated toward the 100 credit requirement must be completed within the Penn community: at the University of Pennsylvania, in the Penn Medicine Health System, or at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (including CHOP fellows). The Guide for Credits and Using the Tracking Tool includes each type of teaching and their associated credits. 

Tracking Your Teaching 

While some teaching is formally tracked and learner evaluated, you will still need to keep a log of your teaching. This is to not only ensure you are on track for meeting the credit requirement (see above), but also so that you are prepared for reappointment and promotion processes, wherein the Department Committee on Reappointment and Promotion (D-COAP), school Committee on Reappointment and Promotions, and university provost or provost sub-committee review candidates. A recommended best practice is to keep a document on your desktop that you use to record teaching events, including date, topic, and learner population (e.g., fellows). You are also encouraged to complete a Workbook for Tracking Teaching at least annually, perhaps coincident with your annual meeting with your chair or division chief. 

For more detailed information about teaching effort and credits, please see the Guide for Using the Tracking Tool.


Contacts for Teaching Opportunities