Faculty Opportunities

Teaching & Mentoring Opportunities


The Pathways MD track at Harvard Medical School offers a variety of teaching opportunities for qualified faculty members in the preclerkship curriculum. To meet eligibility requirements for teaching in required HMS courses, individuals must have a Harvard faculty appointment at the level of Lecturer or above, or be a qualified trainee (clinical or research fellow) approved by a faculty course director. Policy information about faculty appointments can be found on the Faculty Affairs website.

Teaching roles and responsibilities vary by course. Available opportunities are posted below.

Course: Practice of Medicine at MGH

The Practice of Medicine (POM) course teaches the fundamentals of patient-doctor communication, the physical exam, the dynamics of working in clinical teams and systems, clinical reasoning, and the process of developing a differential diagnosis to 1st year HMS students. It is a required course for all HMS students and runs on Wednesdays from September through July. There are four components to the POM course and the different components and the opportunities to teach in each are outlined below.

Indicate interest in one or more of these opportunities by clicking here.

You will be redirected to an authenticated site (eCommons credentials required). Anyone with an HMS appointment interesting in medical or clinical education (including residents and fellows) can teach in the POM course as long as you have an MGH appointment.

ICS (Interviewing and Communications Skills)

ICS is the interviewing and communication component of POM. It is taught from September through early May on Wednesday mornings from 8-11 am. Each faculty member works with two students (precepting trio). Each precepting trios is combined into Tutorial Groups, consisting of three or four faculty members with six or eight students.

In a typical session, students will meet in the tutorial groups from 8:00 - 9:00am to discuss the readings for the session. From 9:00 - 11:00am, the precepting trios will break off and go to different medicine units (usually inpatient) where students will be observed by preceptors practicing their interviewing and communication skills. Preceptors provide feedback to students and review their write-ups during the following week.

In addition, prior to each session, preceptors will receive an email with a session plan and student reading assignments. There are also video-recorded interviews that take place at HMS during the course. Preceptors observe students interviewing a simulated patient and give them feedback on their performance.

FCC (Foundational Continuity Clinic)

FCC is the longitudinal, clinical outpatient primary care component of the POM course. This component of the course focuses on communication, physical examination, professionalism and primary care medicine. Preceptors for this component of the course must be MGH Primary Care Physicians who work at the main MGH campus or one of it’s affiliated Health Centers. FCC runs from September through mid-June on Wednesday mornings from 8:00am - 12:00pm. Preceptors can choose to precept two students every other Wednesday OR precept every Wednesday by taking two groups (four students total), two students every other Wednesday. Preceptors will be provided with weekly curricular materials to prepare for student sessions. Preceptors will observe students in their clinics and provide feedback on clinical skills, read student write-ups, portfolio entries, patient logs and assignments per course requirements and provide verbal and written feedback to students.

PDR (Physical Diagnosis and Reasoning)

PDR is the inpatient clinical skills component of the POM course. It is taught from November through June on Wednesday afternoons (approximately once a month for seven months and then twice a month for two months, for 11 sessions total) from 1:00 - 3:45pm on inpatient medicine floors at MGH. PDR preceptor will be working with two students and will observe each student obtain a history and physical exam on an inpatient and listen to the student give a brief oral presentation. The preceptor will give feedback to students on their bedside communication and exam skills, as well as their presentation and clinical reasoning. Students submit case write-ups to the PDR preceptor for additional feedback and critique of their clinical thinking. Preceptors should be skillful clinicians, comfortable with the medical interview and complete basic physical exam and its components. These preceptors should also be able and eager to refine students’ clinical reasoning and presentation skills.

tDP (The Developing Physician)

The Developing Physician (tDP) component of POM provides a longitudinal forum for students to learn, process and monitor the lifelong integration of personal and professional growth as a physician with sensitive compassionate care. tDP meets approximately 1x/month from September through June on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 - 5:30pm. Preceptors co-tutor with a group of 7-14 students for a total of 11 sessions during the duration of the POM. Preceptors facilitate discussion amongst students that incorporates a core curriculum (reflection, professionalism, compassion, and empathy, etc.) but also allows for topics to arise based on student experience. Preceptors utilize tutorial material as a guide for readings and discussion. This is a non-evaluative component of POM.



Faculty interested in participating in the HST MD curriculum are encouraged to send a copy of their CV and the course(s) in which they are interested to Dr. Richard Mitchell.

OSCE Clinical Skills Assessment

We are excited to present you with several opportunities to participate in the Objective Structure Clinical Examination (OSCE) sessions as part of the HMS Clinical Skills Assessment program. These OSCEs will be held during the months of June, July, August, and September, and are designed for HMS students in various years of the curriculum. The OSCE is a teaching and evaluation technique assessing performance in simulated clinical scenarios. All OSCE sessions consist of a series of stations in which the students will be asked to perform a focused history and physical, and in some OSCEs, consider the differential diagnosis, answer questions, and present orally, among other tasks. Your role as a preceptor is to observe each student performing the designated tasks and provide real-time, hands-on feedback on students’ skills.

PDW3 Standardized Patient Encounter Exercise

Designed for students as a part of the Professional Development Week course series. The goal of this formative assessment exercise is to help students identify their strengths and target the areas they need to work on. These students are completing their first year of medical school. Please sign up here for the following dates:

Monday, July 24, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Advanced Clinical Examination (ACE) Session

Designed for students as part of the Transition to PCE course. The goal of ACE sessions is to advance students’ physical examination skills in preparation for the PCE. These students are at the very beginning of their second year of medical school. Please sign up here for the following dates:

Monday, August 21, 2017
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Faculty who teach or serve as evaluators in required HMS quadrangle-based courses or exams for five or more hours during a course or exam or over the course of an academic year are eligible for teaching compensation. Teaching compensation for the scheduled exam time will be allocated to the faculty member’s department following the quarter in which the exam is held.

If you have questions about any OSCE sessions listed above, please contact the Assessment Coordinator.


Additional faculty opportunities include mentoring student research, providing student support (see also Academic Societies, Advising Resources, Multicultural Affairs, Title IX), and proposing an advanced elective course.

HMS Academy Fellowship Opportunities

Medical Education

HMS Academy Medical Educational Fellowships provide physician educators with dedicated time over the course of one academic year to increase their knowledge of educational principles, to improve their skills as teachers, and to pursue a scholarly project in medical education. Read more.

Education Research

The HMS Academy Fellowship in Medical Education Research is a two-year program available to Harvard-affiliated fellows and surgical residents who hold an MD or PhD and to current members of the faculty (faculty may opt for participation in one or two years of the program). The focus of the program is to develop core skills in social science research methods as applied to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education in the health professions. Read more.