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Teaching Categories & Credits At-A-Glance

For AC, CE, and Tenure Track Faculty







[Annual Requirement: 100]


  • Applies to classes in which learning is evaluated by exams involving problem-solving (i.e. not multiple choice), or research proposals, and where grading is performed by the lecturer
  • Assessment credit may be granted in addition to credit for Lecture/FLA
  • Applies to situations where faculty members are serving as direct observers such as occurs during remediation or coaching of a trainee, or assessment of peer teaching with documented evaluations
  • 2 credits/assessment hour

Course Development

  • The creation of a course or program that is subsequently taught online or in person (eg, MOOC, Certificate or master’s program)
  • Leadership role in developing a course for CME, MOOC, certificate or master’s program
  • 4 credits per hour of video produced for the course. Ex: 24 credits for 6 hours of video produced for an online course. 
Clinical Teaching
  • Credit will be given based on total number of sessions in the ambulatory, diagnostic and procedural areas, total number of days for OR and inpatient service time, and being called in from home
  • Supervision and teaching of one or more trainees in clinical settings including outpatient practices, inpatient services, procedure units, diagnostic sessions such as sign out, operating rooms, etc
  • There is no difference in credit for number or level of trainees present
  • There is no credit for nighttime phone calls & advice
  • See below

Clinical Teaching - Clinic


1 credit for a half-day clinic, half-day procedure session, half day diagnostic session, weekend inpatient service day spent and being called in from home with trainees

  • Ex: 40 credits for 40 weeks of a weekly half-day clinic or diagnostic session
  • Ex: 1 credit for being called into the hospital overnight and spending at least 4 hr with a trainee
Clinical Teaching - Inpatient Service Weekday, Procedures, ED Shifts  

2 credits for an inpatient service weekday or an 8-12 hour shift in the ED

  • Ex: 144 credits for a faculty member who is on an inpatient service 12 weeks per year with various trainees will receive 2 credits per weekday of service time and 1 credit per day for weekend/holiday service time
  • Ex. 80 credits for 40 weeks of a weekly full day in the operating room or procedure suite
  • Ex: 60 credits for 30, 12 hour ER shifts in a year
Clinical Teaching - Shifts, Clinical Service With Trainees  
  • 3 credits for an 18-hour shift
  • 4 credits for a 24-hour period spent in-house on clinical service with trainees
    • Ex: 40 credits for ten 24-hour days in an ICU

Educational Service 


This category is meant to recognize the administrative contributions related to education in BGS, Masters programs, UME and residency and fellowship programs

  • Curriculum committees
  • PSOM, BGS, Masters programs admissions committees
  • Residency and fellowship selection committees
  • Program level evaluation, graduate group reviews and clinical competency committees, thesis committees
  • 5 credits per activity per year
Educational Leadership For course and program directors, this credit is meant to recognize contributions above and beyond their course/program administrative responsibilities

Year-long courses or programs (ex-doctoring, program director, clerkship director, BGS director, graduate group chair)

  • Directors: 50 credits
  • Co-Directors: 50 credits
  • Associate Directors: 25 credits


Non year-long courses (ex-course in module 1, 2, elective directors (when trainees have been enrolled in the elective during the AY), master’s directors, T32 program directors)

  • Directors: 25 credits
  • Co-Directors: 12 credits
  • Associate Directors: 12 credits
  • Clinical electives: 25 credi

Lab Rotations/Pre-Thesis Research


  • For BGS, where students rotate through different labs for a predetermined period of weeks, where post-baccalaureate students, undergraduates and high school students are mentored on research projects for defined durations, and where graduate students and postdocs receive formal training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR)

Applies to the direct supervision of trainees in the following setting:

  • Graduate students on lab rotations: 25 credits per student
  • Undergraduates performing longitudinal research projects for at least 3 months or as part of a summer program: 25 credits
  • Post-Bac students for 1 year: 50 credits
Lecture & Facilitated Learning Activities (FLA)
  • Lecture: Presentation given in-person or electronically (e.g., online class, podcast, webinar, RCR training) that is intended to teach and is delivered to an audience of any size
  • FLA: Individual or group activity conducted in-person, electronically or through simulation in which the teacher engages the student(s) through discussion, cases, questions, etc. to enhance learning such as small groups, faculty precepted case conferences (e.g., pathology case conferences, radiology case conferences), directed journal clubs, scholarly pursuit, etc
  • 4 credits per lecture/FLA hour (new, revised, or reused)

Mentoring Trainees

  • Longitudinal mentoring relationships are intended to facilitate trainee career development such as advising of students on selections of courses and rotations, capstone projects, thesis committee chairs, qualifying exam (“prelim exam”) membership, etc
  • The following types of mentoring don’t count for teaching credit: informal mentoring, which involves occasional meetings with trainees as this is considered part of being an academic faculty member; and, mentoring performed in the context of a supported role in medical education (i.e. course director, program director, etc) is assumed to be part of the responsibilities of such a role. 
  • Credit for longitudinal mentoring and scholarship cannot be claimed in the same year.
  • Faculty to faculty mentoring is not eligible for teaching credit
  • Each longitudinal mentoring relationship with a trainee of >8 hours per year: 5 credits. 

Supervised Scholarship 

  • Faculty who work directly with trainees and participate heavily in the design, conduct, analysis and drafting of the scholarly products of trainees are eligible for credit.
  • Each product can only be claimed once, for the year in which it is submitted, even if the trainee has left Penn. If a faculty member works with a trainee during a given academic year and there is no product, they may claim “mentorship credit” for the relationship if it meets the criteria in #8.
  • Multiple faculty can take credit for a trainee’s scholarly product as long as each has participated heavily in the design, conduct, analysis and drafting of the scholarly products of trainees
  • Trainee must be an author
  • Accepted abstracts, posters, oral presentations (internal or external): 5 credit each/year
  • First submission of a manuscript: 10 credits.   
  • Thesis/Postdoc advisors: 50 credits annually
  • Grant proposal to an external funding agency: 10 credits

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