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Distinction in Medical Education (DIME)

DIME is a two-year pathway which provides experiences and further educational instruction beyond the current three-year longitudinal resident teaching skills curriculum. The DIME pathway is open to senior residents who are in good standing in the residency program.  Application for the pathway occurs in the spring PGY1 year. Residents participating in DIME are immersed in a flexible, experience-based curriculum with hands-on teaching activities at its core. To foster skills in educational scholarship, residents are paired with a clinical educator mentor to complete a scholarly project.  The first class of residents to be awarded the Distinction in Medical Education certificate graduated in 2021.


The DIME curriculum: 

  • supports knowledge and skill development in the areas of educational methods including curriculum development.
  • provides opportunities for early educational scholarship.
  • engages residents in mentor relationships with clinician educators.
  • aids residents in preparing for future careers in medical education.
  • prepares residents for involvement and contribution to the residency program’s educational mission.

Requirements required for the successful completion of DIME: 

  • development and fulfillment of goals and objectives for experiences specific to individual interests
  • completion of the longitudinal curriculum assignments
  • demonstration of hands-on teaching of different levels of learners in a variety of settings
  • recorded teaching sessions for discussion and feedback
  • completion of a medical education-focused scholarly project in an area of interest
  • maintenance of a portfolio providing evidence of types of teaching experiences, quality of teaching efforts, evidence of impact as well as evidence of scholarship
  • presentation of the scholarly project to DIME committee as well as colleagues in DIME program
  • presentation of the capstone work encouraged (local, regional or national education meeting)

Residents successfully completing the pathway requirements graduate with a Distinction in Medical Education.  This information may be included in the overall summative graduation letter as well as placed in the residency program letter for fellowship and employment.

2020 Scholarly Projects

  • OSCE Effectiveness in Increasing Confidence over the Intern Year
  • LGBTQ Social Determinants Video Curriculum

2021 Scholarly Projects

  • Introduction to Medicine Workshop for Under-Represented High School Students
  • MICU Curriculum
  • Core Physical Exam Technique Review for Internal Medicine Clerkship Students
  • Basic Ventilator Education

Contact Information:

Jennifer Strouse, MD
Director, Distinction in Medical Education