The Onboarding for Teaching Program 

Tenure, Clinician Educator, Academic Clinician

In recognition of the importance of teaching, and in support of the teaching faculty, all Assistant Professors on the Academic Clinician, Clinician Educator, and Tenure tracks are required to complete the onboarding for teaching program prior to their first reappointment. This program provides information and skills-based practice that support success at reappointment and promotion, and enables the Perelman School of Medicine to meet standards set by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education.

Please note: first reappointment dossiers will not be reviewed by Department Committees on Appointments and Promotions or the school Committee on Appointments and Promotions until this requirement has been met.

Onboarding Component Description Delivery Mode 2021-2022 Schedule

Digital Welcome

The Digital Welcome (e-learning module) is an orientation and reference tool that provides essential information about the Perelman School of Medicine teaching environments, standards, and expectations, as well as how you will be evaluated by trainees. 

Online Module Via Knowledge Link

Teaching @PSOM 101 Teaching at the Perelman School of Medicine 101 covers best practices and recommended pedagogical strategies for establishing effective learning environments, writing goals and objectives, and providing effective feedback to trainees. Asynchronous, Scheduled Online Course via Canvas (3 Weeks)

Select a preferred session to register: (Links TBA early June 2021)



Providing Effective Feedback II (Advanced)

Faculty will learn to increase the effectiveness of their feedback to trainees through this workshop, which addresses types of feedback, barriers to providing feedback, steps to providing effective feedback, and recommendations for managing difficult feedback situations.

Asynchronous, Scheduled Online Course via Canvas (3 Weeks)


Writing Letters of Recommendation for Trainees

Faculty will learn key strategies for getting started on a letter of recommendation, how to structure a letter of recommendation, and how to avoid common mistakes. Course will also include a discussion of your options when asked by a trainee (clinical or non-clinical) to write a letter on their behalf.

Asynchronous, Scheduled Online Course via Canvas (3 Weeks)


Strategies for Minimizing Racial & Gender Bias While Teaching.

This course is under development, and will be available in Spring 2022. The overall goal of this course will be to update faculty on key strategies and best practices for applying Penn's values of inclusion to common academic teaching situations.  Asynchronous, Scheduled Online Course via Canvas (3 Weeks)
  • April 11 - April 22\
  • July 11 - July 22 (registration link coming soon)
  • September 12 - September 23 (registration link coming soon)


Managing Discriminatory Patient Encounters in the Clinical Learning Environment

This course is designed to provide new faculty with resources and tools to minimize gender and racial bias in their teaching. Registrants will complete course content asynchronously via interactive webpages, discussion boards, and completion of a teaching script framework.

This course is also accredited for CME! Penn Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Asynchronous, Scheduled Course via Canvas (2 weeks)



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