Advanced Certificate in Medical Education

To our interested physician educators:

As a result of the current health emergency Teachers College has decided it is unrealistic and insensitive to recruit for our learning program in light of the circumstances.

We want you to know we are so appreciative for all you do and hope you, your families, loved ones, and colleagues can stay safe and weather the storm.

We look forward to enrolling our next cohort for Fall 21.

Please be in touch if you have any questions or concerns or would like more information; you can keep checking in on our website for updated information. .

Thank you all for your courage and perseverance!

On behalf of our current faculty, students, and staff - we wish you well!"


The Teachers College, Columbia University Advanced Certificate in Adult Learning and Leadership for Medical Educators is an innovative new for-credit program designed for forward-thinking medical educators looking to elevate their instructional and leadership skills.

The first of its kind in the greater New York City area, the 10-credit, New York State-approved program will focus on advancing knowledge and mastery in critical areas for medical educators, including adult learning, leadership, facilitation, innovative learning and applied research methodologies. The program has been developed – and will be taught – by the college’s experienced faculty and practitioners in adult learning and leadership. It will concentrate on knowledge and skills that have been identified through research and practice as critical for those concerned with and working in medical education.  A team of physician advisors will assist in ensuring the curriculum establishes a powerful bridge between theory and applied practice.

The field of medical education is growing rapidly and involves various constituents; the practice may be medical school based, hospital based, community based and/or across disciplines in healthcare institutions. Our program will enable participants to develop advanced skills in designing instructional interventions, and supporting and assessing adult learning for professionals, potential professionals, and patients.

The targeted participants will be physician faculty, primarily in academic medicine, as they are learning leaders for other physicians in training, residents, fellows, and colleagues as well as the teams with which they work.

The curriculum is delivered in a hybrid format designed for maximum time efficiency to accommodate the cycle of professional demands in physicians’ work. Through a combination of on-campus and online formats, students will earn 10 credits during one academic year (Fall and Spring semesters). These credits are transferrable to the degree programs.  An advanced certificate will be awarded from Teachers College, Columbia University, which will be reflected in the academic transcript. We are currently building our 2nd cohort which will start this coming September [2020]; we anticipate enrolling a highly passionate group of motivated physician educators who represent a wide range of specialties and institutions.

This program is designed for Allopathic physicians (MDs) and/or Osteopathic physicians (DOs). Read the Student Profile section for other attributes of the ideal student who would benefit from enrolling in this program.

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Key Program Dates

Applications and dates for the 2021/2022 academic year will be announced as soon as possible.


Deadline May 1st. After May 1st, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The on-campus session dates are:

Fall 2020: September 12, October 10, November 7, December 5

Spring 2021: February 6, March 6, April 9, May 7

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