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Education Academic Community
Faculty Lead: Travis W. Crook MD

The Education Academic Community (EAC) will train those Vanderbilt Pediatric Residents with a passion for teaching to become exceptional clinician-educators and equip them to teach and inspire the next wave of physicians.


  • Gain an understanding of the science behind teaching and learning
  • Learn and utilize different teaching techniques and incorporate them into an effective repertoire
  • Understand the utility of EVUs and how to track and measure them
  • Grasp the importance of a Teaching Profile and develop and maintain one throughout residency
  • Develop critical feedback skills for lectures and teaching activities
  • Gain the necessary skills to pursue a career of excellence in scholarly education
  • Monthly Journal Club meetings
  • Thorough reading and understanding of How Learning Works
  • Semi-monthly Education Workshop/Lectures
  • Maintain and track EVUs throughout residency
  • Develop and maintain a Teaching Portfolio
  • Generate Personal Rotation Goals, track them throughout residency, and assist in PRGs for other residents
  • 2 critical reflection papers every 6 month period regarding teaching experiences and growth
  • Numerous required and selective teaching experiences
  • Focused and purposeful teaching in all clinical settings with directed feedback
  • Become a Feedback Champion for the residency program
  • Regular meetings with the EAC FAculty Lead and Scholarly Project Mentor

Scholarly Project

  • All members will be required to produce a scholarly research prject in the field of education with the assistance of a selected mentor
  • The project will be presented at the Department of Pediatrics Research Retreat
  • The project may also be presented at a regional or national level and ideally should lead to publication

Travis Crook


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