• Affiliated With

    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
    • Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital


The goal of the weekly seminars is to discuss and expand upon the material covered in the University of Dundee unit to be covered that week, with exploration of how the material can be applied in our resident and student education. Since the residency is part of the P4 demonstration project, we consider it a laboratory for exploring innovative teaching and curricula, with the goal of creating excellent family medicine physicians.>

Dr. Shaughnessy, the Fellowship director, is an internationally-known expert on information mastery, the applied practice of evidence-based medicine. Fellows are given the training and experience to develop curricula and teach information mastery at the student or resident level.

In addition to a firm foundation in medical education theory and practice, leaders in family medicine education require skills and knowledge in other areas. The Fellow Seminar topics (below) focus on developing well-rounded teachers.

Examples of Fellows' Seminar Topics

  • Curriculum Development
    • Principles of curriculum development
      Standardizing objective writing
  • Information Mastery
    • Identifying POEMs in the literature
    • Using information tools at the point of care
    • Critical reading of articles about therapy (parts 1, 2, 3)
    • Understanding research results
    • Clinical epidemiology principles
    • Critically reading research about diagnostic tests (parts 1, 2)
    • Understanding sensitivity, specificity, predictive value, likelihood ratios
    • Evaluation sources of expert information
    • Assessing Guidelines
    • Narrative reviews
    • Meta-analysis
  • Understanding health care systems
  • Writing for publication
    • The basics
    • The publication process
    • Writing narrative reviews
    • Writing book reviews
  • Overview of educational research
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Teaching and learning through dialogue and "fierce conversations"
  • Media relations
  • Time management (parts 1, 2)
  • Developing a CV
  • Developing a teaching portfolio
  • Surviving and thriving in academia