2020-21 Stanford Clinical Teaching Seminar Series (CTSS)

New cycle begins September 2, 2020 (1st seminar)

Application for Honors Scholars
Started August 19th and Closed October 23rd 2020
Applications open in Fall

WHAT is CTSS? The Clinical Teaching Seminar Series (CTSS) is a year-long faculty development program in medical education, designed to introduce clinical educators to fundamental concepts in education. The seminars are high-yield, relevant, and interactive, providing practical tips for bedside teaching, curriculum development, and education research.  CTSS is a joint collaboration between multiple departments at the School of Medicine, administered by the Evaluation and Instructional Development Department.  

It is structured with monthly seminars, usually on the first Wednesday of the month.  Seminars are on topics of curriculum development and research methods in medical education. CTSS is an interprofessional and interdisciplinary community of educators that draws upon collegiality and mentorship to create, deploy, and evaluate your teaching/education project. This works best if you have a project to anchor your work through the CTSS seminars.

WHAT is the Honors Scholars Certificate Program? This is our medical education certificate program. Those who apply detail a project to work on and attend 7 seminars in one year (or 10 in two years). These scholars present their projects at either the annual conference or the CTSS last session. They will be asked to discuss projects in small groups.

WHO Can Attend the Seminars? All are welcome to attend/audit our seminar series: faculty, fellows, residents, students, and staff with an interest in medical education. This is an interdisciplinary medical education community for those in and around Stanford to support scholarship and curricula relating to the clinical environment. Those affiliated with Stanford are welcome.

CTSS Program Leadership: Becky Blankenburg (Peds), Kiran Brar (SOM), Marianne Chen(Anesth), James Korndorffer (Surg), Adam Hain (SOM), James Lau (Surg), Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell (Surg), Lars Osterberg (IM, TMA), Stefanie Sebok-Syer (EM), Malathi Srinivasan, (PCPH), Pedro Tanaka (Anesth), Sarah Williams (EM)

CTSS Seminar Schedule

All sessions are on Zoom and begin at 5:15

All sessions are on Zoom from 5:15


Curriculum Development | Rebecca Blankenburg, MD, MPH


Survey Methods | Lindsay Oishi, PhD


Qualitative Survey Data Analysis | Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell, DrPH, MA


Quantitative Methods for Medical Education | Stefanie Sebok-Syer, PhD


Narrative Medicine | Kelley M. Skeff, MD, PhD


Teaching Methods to Promote Transfer | Dan Schwartz, PhD


Best Practices in Assessment & EPAs/Feedback (Double Session) | Holly Caretta-Weyer, MD & Marianne Chen, MD


Efficient Bedside Teaching | Sarah R. Williams MD, MHPE, FACEP


Dissemination Strategies in Medical Education Research | Patricia O'Sullivan EdD


6th Annual Stanford Innovations in Medical Education Conference


Honors Scholars Presentations (not presented at SIMEC VI)

After submission and acceptance of the Honors Scholar application, requirements for attaining an honors certificate are:

  1. Attend at least 7 seminars within one year (or 10 seminars if completing the program over two years)
  2. Complete a scholarly project in medical education
    - Scholarly projects can be curricular development (the curriculum must be implemented with evaluation data available), or research in medical education, or a rigorous needs assessment or systematic review
  3. Present the scholarly project at the CTSS end-of-year conference on May 20 or the last session on June 20 if cannot make the conference

Honors Certificate in Medical Education Oversight Committee:

Rebecca Blankenburg, MD, MPH

Sylvia Bereknyei-Merrell DrPH, MS

Kiran Brar, MS

Marianne Chen, MD

Adam Hain, DET, MAEd

James Korndorffer, MD, MHPE, FACS

Lars Osterberg, MD MPH

Stefanie Sebok-Syer, PhD

Malathi Srinivasan, MD, FACP

Pedro Tanaka, MD, PhD

Sarah Williams MD, MHPE

If you are have any questions, please email Sarah Williams srwilliams@stanford.edu or Adam Hain adamhain@stanford.edu