Educator Development Program

Educator Development Core (EDC)

The mission of the Educator Development Core (EDC) is to provide educator development initiatives across the VUSM continuum, serving students, residents, fellows, and faculty through UME, GME, and faculty development.

Educator Development Program (EDP)

Educator Development ProgramThe goal the Educator Development Program (EDP) is to enhance the medical education knowledge, attitudes, and skills of all Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty members (physicians, nurses, and scientists), learners (students, residents, and fellows), and other (administrators, department leaders) who teach in the medical graduate, or nursing school environment.

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Brochure imageIn the context of the changing medical environment -- including continuous improvements to the curriculum -- resident teaching skills and faculty development are more important than ever. At Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, we are committed to providing educator development initiatives to assist faculty in their quest to become outstanding, up-to-date, nationally recognized teachers and leaders in medical education.

Participants in the Educator Development Program (EDP) can increase knowledge, enhance teaching skills, challenge attitudes toward teaching, explore learning styles and strengthen their scholarly approach and scholarship.

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EDP Activities and Offerings

  • EDP Workshop iconEDP workshops are designed to be interactive learning experiences. All EDP facilitators have been trained in workshop design and presentation. In EDP workshops, participants will gain new knowledge, enhance previous knowledge, practice skills, create projects, and receive mentoring on individual work activities when appropriate. Most EDP workshops are open to Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty and learners. A small number of workshops are by invitation only. Topics covered range from educational theory to technology in teaching.

    Workshops have limited seating; RSVP required. See our EDP Newsletter for registration.

    Below is a list of the seventeen major topic content areas covered within the EDP workshop offerings.


    For a List of all EDP Teaching Tops and Potential Facilitators (Click on the table below)

    Categories Table 


    For all EDP Workshop Schedule: Click here to listen to the workshops. Workshop Schedule

  • Log into the EDP Zoom webinars to get quick teaching tips and ask expert educators questions on real clinical teaching cases.

    Click on the picture for schedule of webinar topics and facilitators.

    For all EDP Webinar Schedule: Click here to listen to the EDP webinars                         EDP Webinar 2020-21










    Join our mailing list to receive information about upcoming webinars.


  • Request a ConsultThe EDP Team provides consults to improve teaching skills in all teaching environments. All EDP consults require an online submission request. EDP consults are provided based on team availability. To request an EDP consult click on the consult icon.





    • EDP Curriculum design and evaluation
    • EDP Educator peer review and coaching
    • EDP Medical education research project
    • EDP Workshop development
    • EDP RATL™ - Residents as Teachers and Leaders
    • EDP Educator career mentoring session
    • EDP Development of enduring educational materials
    • EDP Scholars Program - Information Session
  • EDP Scholars ProgramThe EDP Scholars program is a 2-year faculty development, career development program that develops future leaders within the field of medical education. The program promotes career development, scholarly work (educational materials and teaching activities) and scholarship (posters, publications and presentations). The Curriculum Design and Evaluation Track focuses on designing, implementing and evaluating medical education curricula for any level of learning (students, residents/fellows, and faculty) across all specialties.



    For a summary of the program click on the EDP Scholars Program Picture

    • The 2020-22 Scholars Program submission process is now closed. We will post the  next cycle and call for applications cycle starts December 2022.



  • RATLThe Residents as Teachers and Leaders (RATL ™) Program is a blended learning program consisting of web-based, self-learning modules and an interactive hands-on learning workshop. The purpose is to improve students, residents, fellows, and faculty members clinical teaching skills. RATL™ is currently available to all residency programs at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

    Educator Development Program Fall 2021 RATL Modules and Workshop are                                    scheduled from 5-6PM on Zoom.

                                 Session 1: Wednesday, October 6th

                                 Session 2: Wednesday, October 13th

                                 Session 3: Wednesday, October 27th

                                 Session 4: Wednesday, November 3rd 



    Request a ConsultPlease sign up for an EDP Consult if you would like to request RATL™ for your training program. Please email us to request access as an individual: Students can sign up for MS-RATL™ during the capstone course.


  • Feedback Form IconThe EDP Feedback program was developed to improve efforts to provide feedback to all learners at VUSM/VUMC and is a competency-based training program


    Click on the feedback picture to follow instructions and complete the program.

    Or click on the link to enroll directly through the CME portal:

  • Gerald S. GottererHPERD is held in the late fall each year to showcase the educator work and scholarly activities at Vanderbilt.

    Call for poster abstracts submission due date is Midnight on Monday, August 23, 2021.

    Click here for the Abstract Submission Form                                         

    Click here to view the EDP Poster Development

    HPERD 2021 Speaker and Poster Session is scheduled for December 3, 2021 from 12 noon to 3 pm.

  • The EDP library consists of a catalog of previous EDP workshops and materials for self-learning. All content is in Spark Learn. To request access, email us at

  • EDC Newsletter

    The EDC newsletter announces upcoming and important educator events and activities. The EDC Newsletter is distributed on the first Monday of each month. Please join our mailing list to receive the newsletter.


All EDP activities are sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Medical Education and Administration, the Office of Health Science Education, and the Office for Continuous Professional Development.

Accreditation and Credit Designation: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

It is the policy of the ACCME and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to require disclosure of financial relationships from individuals in a position to control of a CME activity; to identify and resolve conflicts of interest conflicts of interest related to those relationships; and to make disclosure information available to the audience prior to the CME activity. Presenters are required to disclose discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentations.

About Us


Charlene M. Dewey, MD, MEd, MACP

Assistant Dean, Educator Development
Director, Educator Development Core and Educator Development Program
Director, Center for Professional Health and Chair, Faculty Wellness Committee

Professor of Medical Education and Administration
Professor of Medicine and Public Health




Sarah E. Williams, MD, MPH

Assistant Director, Educator Development Program
Team Leader, Medical Education Consult Service

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics 


Travis CookTravis Crook, MD

Co-Director, EDP Scholars Program 

Director of Pediatric Clerkship Pediatric Clerkship   

Director of Pediatric Acting Internship 

                              Master Clinical Teacher

                              Director for the Students as Teachers Longitudinal Elective

                              Assistant Professor of Pediatrics                                                                                                     

DavidsonMario Davidson, PhD

Team Leader, Classroom Peer Review

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics                                                                                                                                                                    

Janice LawJanice Law, MD

Team Leader, Clinical Peer Review 

Director for Medical Student Education

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology                                                                                                                                           


SimsCynthia Sims, MBA

Educator Development Program 

Program Administrator                                                                                                                         

Founders: Charlene Dewey, Sally Santen, and the Educator Vision Team