“I am using more adaptive learning models when teaching students and residents.”
“I did get some collegial relationships that have lasted.”
“I was identified locally as an educational expert!”
The Master Educator Program aims to help psychiatric educators develop advanced teaching skills and expertise in educational theory and educational scholarship. Through a combination of interactive activities and reflective exercises, the Master Educator Program provides an evidence-based theoretical framework that informs the psychiatric educators’ practice. The ultimate goal is to support learners in achieving good educational outcomes and foster a positive learning experience. Additionally, the program gives participants the skills to become effective leaders in health professions education in psychiatry and further their career development.
- Enrich graduates’ educational abilities (knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors) by helping them to discover ways in which they can link theory and literature with their day-to-day practice as educators
- Foster creative and innovative learning through stimulation and inquiry
- Enable participants to reflect on their practices as educators and how they situate themselves on the career trajectory of psychiatric educators
- Foster participants’ connections to the AAP community and other communities of practice, thereby enabling their ongoing professional development, effectiveness, and renewal as psychiatric educators and leaders
The Master Educator Program consists of a three-year curriculum offered during the AAP Annual Meetings and may include a required mentored educational project to be completed between sessions, in the near future. Participants do not have to attend the program in consecutive years, however, they have to complete the three-year curriculum in order to be granted a Master Educator Certificate. Participants do not have to be AAP members, although it is hoped that graduates will remain connected to the community of psychiatric educators.
Two Master Educator workshops are offered during the AAP Annual Meeting each year. Participants have to attend both workshops to receive credit. Program topics rotate annually, with core topics repeated every third year. Topics include:
- Curriculum design
- Learner assessment
- Program evaluation
- Educational theory
- Educational leadership
- Educational scholarship
- Creativity in education
- Leading through crisis
Master Educator graduates identified multiple benefits from participating in the program including:
- Engagement in scholarly activities
- Support to develop collegial relationships
- Advances in educator confidence
- Ability to apply educational theory and evidence to teaching behaviors
- Promotion of current teaching practice linked to educational theory
- Application of teaching skills advancement
- Development, and evaluation of educational curriculum
- Ability to conduct program evaluation.
Blitzstein SM, Seritan AL, Sockalingam S, Randall M, Kablinger A, Lieff S, Azzam A. From Industry to Generativity: The First 12 Years of the Association for Academic Psychiatry Master Educator Program. Acad Psychiatry 2016;40:576-83.