Clinical Teaching Seminar Series

Please note: The CTSS site has moved.  The current 2020-21 information in now here under the Teaching and Mentoring Academy.

Clinical Teaching Seminar Series (CTSS) 2019-2020

The Clinical Teaching Seminar Series (CTSS) is a year-long faculty development program in medical education, designed to introduce a 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.

Stanford Clinical Teaching Seminar Series (CTSS)

Starts August 12 and Closes September 11th
Link to Apply: CTSS Honors Certificate Program Application

WHAT is CTSS: Monthly seminars mostly on the first Wednesdays of the month at 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm with food. (The first seminar is longer to provide an overview of curriculum development – some small group work) Seminars are on topics of curriculum development and research methods in medical education. CTSS is an interprofessional and interdisciplinary community of educators that draws upon collegiality and mentorship to create, deploy, and evaluate your teaching/education project. This works best if you have a project to anchor your work through the CTSS seminars.

WHAT is the Honors Scholars Certificate Program: Those who apply (detail a project that you will be working on during the year) attend 7 seminars in one year (or 10 seminars in two years), and present their projects at either the annual conference or the CTSS last session.

WHO Can Attend: All are welcome. All faculty, fellows, residents, medical students, and staff with an interest in medical education. This is an interdisciplinary medical education community for those in and around Stanford to support scholarship and curricula in and around the clinical environment. Those affiliated with Stanford are welcome.

CTSS Program Leadership: Becky Blankenburg (Peds), Nicola Curtin (SOM), Adam Hain (SOM), James Lau (Surg), Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell (Surg), Lars Osterberg (IM, TMA), Erika

2019-2020 Schedule

September 4, 2019 LKSC 130 5:15-7:15 pm  Curriculum Development

Small group work through to develop scholar projects – Becky Blankenburg - Pediatrics

October 2, 2019 LKSC 130 5:15-6:15 pm  Survey Methods

Lindsay Oishi - School of Education

November 6, 2019 LKSC 130 5:15-6:15 pm  Qualitative Survey Data Analysis

Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell - Surgery

December 4, 2019 LKSC 130 5:15-6:15 pm  Quantitative Methods for Medical Education

Stefanie Sebok-Syer

January 8, 2020 LKSC 130 5:15-6:15 pm  Narrative Medicine

Kelley Skeff – Internal Medicine

February 5, 2020 LKSC 130  5:15-6:15 pm Teaching Methods

Dan Schwartz - School of Education

March 4, 2020 LKSC 130 5:15-6:15 pm Feedback

Marianne Chen - Anesthesia

April 1, 2020 LKSC 130, 5:15-6:15 pm  Learner Assessments/EPA’s

Holly Caretta-Weyer – EMED

May 6, 2020 LKSC 130 5:15-6:15 pm Dissemination Strategies in Medical Education

Pat O’Sullivan - UCSF

May 9, 2020 LKSC 130/101-2  5th Annual Stanford Innovations in Medical Education Conference

June 3, 2020 LKSC 130   Honors Scholars Presentations (Those not presented at SIMEC V)

Application Information


Deadline: September 11, 2019


Seminars are held from 5:15 - 6:30pm on the first Wednesday of every month (Minor exceptions are noted above)

First seminar of the year is September 4th, 2019 at 5:15pm in LKSC 130

Honors Scholar Requirements:

After submission and acceptance of the Honors Scholar application, requirements for attaining a 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:
    1.    curricular development (the curriculum must be implemented with evaluation data available) or
    2. research in medical education (data) or
    3. a rigorous needs assessment (again with initial survey data) or
    4. a systematic review
  3. Present the scholarly project at:
    1. Stanford Innovations In Medical Education Conference (V) on May 2020 or
      1. the last CTSS session on Wednesday, June 3th, 2020 at 5:15pm at LKSC 130 (if cannot present at conference)

Application Link: 2019-2020 Honors Scholar APPLICATION LINK


Application Requirements:

  1. One page project (double space 12 point) description. To attach to Qualtrics Application.
    1.    Possible questions to answer on the project are:
      1. What do you intend to accomplish?
      2. Where are you at in your project?
      3. What data do you have or intend on collecting and analyzing?
      4. How can CTSS help you in your medical education project?
  2. CV or Educator's Portfolio to be uploaded on the Application Site.
  3. Endorsement from your Chair or Division/Section Chief, Program Director, Medical Student Advisor, or Supervisor.
    1. Endorsement form is attached (link to downloadable form: ENDORSEMENT LINK)
      1. Have supervisor read the program requirements. She/he is pledging to support and allow time to complete the program. Have her/him sign the form.
      2. Ensure that this is filled out as complete as possible.
      3. Scan and upload as part of the Qualtrics Honors Scholars Application.


For questions or concerns regarding the Clinical Teaching Seminar Sereies or the Honors Scholars Certficate Program in Medical Education, please contact Dr. James Lau, MD, MHPE ( and/or Adam Hain, MA Ed(