Pathway to Discovery in Health Professions Education

The Health Professions Education Pathway trains innovators from all health professions fields who promote excellence in teaching, translate theory and novel strategies to the learning environment, and expand knowledge in the field of health professions education.


Participants will obtain hands-on experience teaching and mentoring on the UCSF campus and join a local community of like-minded faculty and trainees.  They will participate in courses and complete a mentored scholarly project related to health professions education.

The Health Professions Education (HPE) Pathway is a two-tiered program (Core and Advanced) allowing maximum flexibility in depth and time commitment. Both programs are available to all learners.

  • The Core Program can generally be completed within the standard training timeframe for all students, residents, and fellows.
  • The Advanced Program may be completed in either a one or two-year timeframe, however students enrolled in the MDwD program are required to take two years to complete.

Participants will learn the methods and current state of inquiry for teaching strategies, curriculum development, and learning theory with integration of educational research and instructional technology.  Those in the Advanced Program will also learn about assessment and educational leadership.  Learning will be both didactic and experiential. 

Some coursework will be delivered in face-to-face courses or workshops, while others will be offered as online or independent activities to allow for easier scheduling and participation by learners with diverse schedules.  Additionally, all learners will complete a mentored scholarly project resulting in a legacy product. 

What does the HPE Pathway prepare me for?

Future plans of HPE participants may include

  • academic faculty positions (clinician educators and general research)
  • health professions education research
  • health professions education administration

Several HPE Pathway participants have taken leadership roles in education (e.g. chief resident, educational committee membership, curricular innovation projects), become education faculty at academic institutions, obtained advanced degrees in education, and engaged in educational scholarship.