Educators-4-CARE Associates Program

The Educators for CARE program (E4C) was established to enhance the development of medical students as skilled and compassionate physicians, providing a formal curriculum aimed to foster the development of some of our core values – Compassion, Advocacy, Responsibility, and Empathy – from the beginning and throughout medical school. The E4C faculty teach and mentor Stanford Medical Students within the structure of formalized learning communities that help to foster a continual relationship of faculty and students learning together in small groups.

The Associates Program seeks to expand the concept of community and reinforce our core values by extending the opportunity to participate to a broader pool of faculty. Faculty will be provided the opportunity to teach within the learning community structure, receive faculty development sessions related to the program mission and the opportunity to receive mentorship and feedback on teaching.

Associates Curriculum
The Associates program offers a formal curricular series the third Tuesday of the month at 12:00 noon. Participating faculty will be required to attend a minimum of 7 of the 10 sessions offered throughout the year. The program schedule is below:



September 17, 2013


October 15, 2013

Small Group Teaching

November 19, 2013

Bedside Teaching

December 17, 2013

Professionalism Principles

January 21, 2014

Mentoring Medical Students

February 18, 2014

Teaching Caring Attitudes

March 18, 2014

Appreciative Inquiry

April 15, 2014

Well-Being and Renewal

May 20, 2014

Faculty Portfolio

Please note that dates/topics are subject to change.

Medical Student Teaching
Associates will teach alongside of, and sometimes independent of, the E4C faculty as part of the Practice of Medicine (POM) course. POM is a six-quarter series extending throughout the first two years of the MD program, interweaving core skills training in medical interviewing and the physical examination with other major threads addressing the context of medical practice. Core clinical skills are acquired through hands-on practice, and evaluated through an extensive program of simulated medical encounters, in which students interview, examine, and manage patients in a mock clinic.
POM sessions are scheduled in the afternoons of MTThF, Monday and Friday are POM year 1 and Tuesday and Thursday are POM year 2. Associates will be asked to identify their availability during the week and teach in three sessions per quarter.

In addition to the pre-clerkship teaching opportunities, the E4C meet with their clerkship students for the Doctoring with CARE session six times per year. Doctoring with CARE sessions each consist of a small group debriefing/discussion, in which students on their core clerkship rotations can discuss and reflect on intense experiences from clerkships. Doctoring with CARE is designed to offer a regular opportunity for students to discuss the challenging issues they face in their clinical training. The idea for this session stems from the belief shared by many students and faculty that students could benefit from specific time devoted to discuss or reflect on intense experiences in a non-threatening setting. Many students find such opportunities lacking, and have expressed a desire for this type of dialogue. Our goals for Doctoring sessions are that students learn coping strategies from their fellow medical students; that students develop skills of self-reflection; and that we promote and maintain humanism and professionalism. We believe Doctoring will provide another avenue to guide students’ development of four core values of the medical profession – Compassion, Advocacy, Responsibility, and Empathy (CARE).

Other Opportunities

If you are interested in participating in the E4C Associates program please complete the application below. Applicants will then be invited to meet with the Director of the program to discuss their goals and commitment to participation.

Associates Application Form

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