Clinician Educator Track

Recently, there has been increasing recognition of physicians at academic medical centers who have expertise in clinical and educational domains –clinician educators. While a career as a clinician educator can take multiple forms, there are some aspects of success in this career that are fundamental: clinical excellence, teaching expertise, and educational scholarship.

OHSU offers a clinician educator track within the PCCM fellowship to those fellows who feel a clinician educator career is the best fit for them, as opposed to a physician-scientist track. The clinician educator track does not have a separate NRMP match number and can be selected during the first year of training.

Components of the Clinician Educator track (PCCM only):

Year one: indistinguishable from other PCCM fellows –focused on clinical learning

Years two and three: A total of 18 4-week blocks of non clinical time are spent on developing teaching expertise and producing education scholarship.

  • Education Scholars Program: akin to a certificate course in medical education, this course meets weekly during the academic year during year 2 and gives participants expertise in both education theory as well as granular teaching skills.
  • Teaching opportunities (examples of prior fellow teaching):
    • Small group teaching in the preclinical medical school Cardio-Pulmonary-Renal block
    • Small group teaching in medical student ICU rotation
    • Medical school Transitions to the Clinical Environment course teaching / assessment
    • Large group teaching to PCCM division at Grand Rounds and Fellows Conference
    • Large group teaching in the preclinical medical school Cardio-Pulmonary-Renal block
  • Education Scholarship: there are a variety of options at OHSU.
    • Curriculum development –Brent Matsuda (graduating 2019) is working on a curriculum for the OHSU Medical ICU
    • Educational research –a robust group of faculty and fellows (Jeff Gold, Stephanie Nonas, Katie Artis, Ben Arthurs) are rigorously studying educational approaches to MICU rounds and ventilator teaching
    • Scholarship of integration and dissemination –mentorship is available to hone writing skills for case reports and other contributions to the medical literature


Mentorship is as important to clinician educators as it is to physician scientists, and mentorship for fellows pursuing   a clinician educator pathway is available both inside and outside our division.

Recent Highlights of Education Scholarship from OHSU in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division:

  • OHSU was recognized by the ATS Innovations in Fellowship Education program in 2017 for our innovative mechanical ventilator simulation. We were one of the top 5 programs recognized nationally!
  • Dr. Ran Ran won second place in the Best of the ATS Video Lecture Series in 2017 for his "Toxidromes" video.

Teaching is an integral part of our program and department.  Our team is consistently recognized for our continued commitment to teaching through faculty and fellows teaching awards.  View our latest awards, earned by fellows and faculty alike.