Education Academic Community

Co-Faculty Leads: Jennifer C. King, MD, PharmD and Devang Pastakia, MD

The Education Academic Community (EAC) will focus on training pediatric residents with a strong interest in medical education on developing skills to be an effective educator in a medical academic setting, including learning theory, effective teaching skills, providing feedback, and developing scholarly activity projects in medical education.


  • Gain further understanding of adult learning theory and how it relates to effective medical education
  • Learn and utilize different teaching techniques and how to incorporate them in clinical education
  • Learn how to maintain a Teaching Portfolio for residency
  • Develop critical feedback skills for lectures and teaching activities
  • Gain the necessary skills to pursue a career of excellence in scholarly education


  • Attend monthly meetings (combination of noon and end of day meetings)
  • Develop and maintain a Teaching Portfolio
  • Write a one page reflection paper at the completion of the program discussing teaching experiences and growth
  • Maintain a progress report that documents teaching experiences during residency
  • Focused and purposeful teaching in clinical settings with directed feedback
  • Regular meetings with the EAC Faculty Leads and Scholarly Project Mentor

Scholarly Project

  • All members will be required to produce a scholarly research project in the field of education with the assistance of a selected mentor.
  • The project will be presented at the Department of Pediatrics Research Retreat.
  • The project may also be presented at a regional or national level and ideally should lead to publication.