Cambridge Health Alliance logo

Affiliated with

Click here to leave the CHA website and visit the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center website Click here to leave the CHA website and visit the MassGeneral Hospital for Children website
Family Medicine Teaching Fellowship

The Master Teacher Fellowship is a two-year program aimed at developing medical educators to provide leadership to create competency-based education in medical schools, and community- and university-based residencies. This full-time, onsite fellowship focuses on develop effective teaching skills, competency-based curriculum development, distance learning, creation of the patient-centered medical home, and the practice and teaching of information mastery.

The Fellowship also incorporates a Masters in Medical Education via distance learning from the University of Dundee, Scotland.


The Masters coursework consists of assignments and projects in five core areas:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Curriculum planning
  • Principles of assessment
  • Education management and leadership
  • Medical Education research

In addition, Fellows may pick a number of optional areas for exploration and learning, including:

  • E-learning
  • Educational support
  • Clinical teaching
  • Teaching clinical reasoning
  • Curriculum development and evaluation
  • Work-based assessment
  • Teaching professionalism

Time Allotment

All Fellows will maintain a clinical practice in our CHA Malden Family Medicine Center, working alongside residents and faculty members. Fellows spend approximately 30% of their time in clinical practice, with the balance of their time spent in teaching and learning activities.

A typical week of a Fellow looks like this:





Independent study

Fellowship seminar


Patient care

Patient Care


Precepting residents

Independent study


Independent study

Patient care


Independent study

Precepting residents

Clinical teaching consists of precepting residents and students, supervised at first, and then independently. Fellows also have the opportunity to provide formal lectures and small group teaching of residents and students.

Clinical practice includes a patient panel and inpatient teaching.

The Fellows weekly seminars are coordinated with the Masters of Medical Education curriculum. A typical seminar starts with a facilitated discussion of that week's Masters chapter. The second half of the seminar focuses on other educational topics not covered in the Masters program, such as information mastery, media training, and others. The third hour is a work session on a curriculum innovation, project development, presentation preparation, and other practical issues.

Contact Us

Information or questions:

Allen F. Shaughnessy, Pharm.D., M.Med.Ed.
Professor of Family Medicine
Director, Master Teacher Fellowship
Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance
195 Canal Street
Malden, MA 02148

Telephone: 781-338-0507
Fax: 781-338-0150