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 and Credits 

Your Learners

While you may be invited to lecture at other universities or health systems, at least fifty percent (50%) of your annual teaching effort must be delivered for University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia-based or -affiliated educational programs or activities, including:

  • Students at secondary schools, local/regional community and 4-year colleges and universities when teaching occurs on behalf of University of Pennsylvania
  • Undergraduate, professional and post-baccalaureate students
  • Medical students
  • Residents and fellows
  • Post-doctoral fellows (or trainees)
  • Graduate students
  • Preprofessional students (NPs, PAs, Pharmacists, etc)
  • *Colleagues

*You may count teaching delivered for colleagues when this teaching occurs in the context of a formal, overarching faculty development program, such as the Perelman School of Medicine Advance program. It is appropriate to count CME presentations toward teaching credits when the topic is extraneous to your position and regular duties as a physician. (When unsure, contact Academic Programs, as this office reviews the teaching data included in promotional dossiers.)

For teaching delivered to learners outside the University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia-based or -affiliated educational programs or activities, you must provide session evaluation data

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. 


Contacts for Teaching Opportunities