Clinical Teaching Seminar Series (CTSS)

The Clinical Teaching Seminar Series (CTSS) is a year-long faculty development program in medical education, designed to introduce clinical educators to fundamental concepts in education. The seminars are high-yield, relevant, and interactive, providing practical tips for bedside teaching, curriculum development, and education research. 

The HONORS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM is meant to recognize participants with a dedication to medical education, who regularly attend the seminars and complete a scholarly project in medical education. The Honors Program is a multi-disciplinary program open to all medical students, residents, fellows, staff, and faculty with an interest in medical education.


Seminars are held from 5:15-6:30 on the first Wednesday of every month from August through June.  

CTSS 2017-2018

(as of 11/30/2017)

Aug 2-  CTSS overview - Needs assessment and Goals/Objectives (Jim Lau) – LKSC 130

Sept 6 - Curriculum development – Individualized through Mentorship Groups (Becky Blankenburg) LKSC 101/102 – one and half hours

Oct 4- Quantitative Analyses for Medical Education (Rita Popat)

Oct 18 – Search Strategies for Medical Education-LKSC 130 5:15

Nov 1- Learning Climate (Kelley Skeff)

Dec 6- Survey Methods (Dan West)

Jan 10 LKSC 101 Qualitative Survey Data Analysis (Sylvia Merrell)

Feb 7- Bedside Clinical Teaching (Sarah Williams)

Mar 7- Large group didactics (Neil Gesundheit)

Apr 4- Dissemination strategies for medical education – (Pat O’Sullivan)

Apr 15-May 1 – Conference Abstracts Due – SIMEC III

May 2- Professional Identity (Lars Osterberg)

June 2nd - Conference (SIMEC III)

Jun 13- Scholar Presentations (people who don’t make the conference)

Jul 4 – No session Honors Scholar Requirements:

After submission and acceptance of the Honors Scholar application, requirements for attaining an honors certificate are:

  1. Attend at least 7 seminars within one year (or 10 seminars if completing the program over two years)
  2. Complete a scholarly project in medical education
    - Scholarly projects can be curricular development (the curriculum must be implemented with evaluation data available), or research in medical education, or a rigorous needs assessment or systematic review
  3. Present the scholarly project at the CTSS end-of-year conference on May 20 or the last session on June 20 if cannot make the conference

Honors Certificate in Medical Education Oversight Committee:

Pediatrics:  Rebecca Blankenburg

Surgery: James Lau

Anesthesia: Pedro Tanaka

General Medical Disciplines:  Erika Schillinger

Emergency Medicine: Sarah Williams

GME: Diane H. Steinberg

School of Medicine: Sylvia Bereknyei


2017 Stanford Clinical Teaching Seminar Series Inaugural Education Conference

May 13th 2017

Li Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center

Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford CA


2016 Stanford Clinical Teaching Seminar Series Inaugural Education Conference

May 2016

Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford CA


2015 American College of Surgeons – Education Institutes Consortium Postgraduate Course

November 2015

Department of Surgery

Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford CA