A Clinician Educator is an academic physician whose major medical school responsibilities include clinical work and education of students, residents and fellows, allied health professionals, and peers.

Clinician Educator Group
Not pictured: Rosemary Adamson, Paula Carvalho, Guang-Shing Cheng, Jeffrey Edelman, Amy Morris, Viswam Nair, Ken Steinberg, Dave Ralph, and James Town.

This role was developed at universities across the country as demands for clinical, research, and teaching duties increased. Success on this pathway is dependent on excellence in clinical work, teaching, and scholarly activity that can range from the development of educational tools and curricula to clinical research or reviews of important topics. 

The University of Washington School of Medicine is renowned in the United States and around the world for its medical education. It is routinely ranked among the very top medical schools for both research and teaching programs.

Our Clinician Educators have been major contributors to the superb educational opportunities at the University of Washington. Our members contribute to medical education for students, residents, fellows, and colleagues on local, national, and international levels. They are current or past members of national teaching and international conference program committees are routinely invited to educate trainees and peers in areas of special interest.

Clinician Educators In Training

We are one of the first in the country to proactively train clinician educators within our accredited fellowship program.

We are currently funded by the Veterans Administration to accept one clinician educator fellow per year. The fellow's education will include formal training in the Department of Medical Education’s Teaching Scholars Program where the trainee meets once per week for a year with a group of peers and an instructor to learn teaching methods. The fellow also has a number of opportunities for formal and informal training outside of the division.


Our members have won numerous accolades for teaching and clinical contributions. Some of these prestigious honors include:

  • Paul B. Beeson Award: the highest teaching prize granted by the Internal Medicine Residents at the University of Washington
  • Distinguished Achievement Award of the American Thoracic Society
  • Jimmy A Young Medal: the highest award of the American Association for Respiratory Care, which includes educational contributions to its approximately 50,000 members

The group meets once a month for the planning of educational projects, reviewing current course teaching, and to support each other in the process of career development. The discussions are stimulating and have led to substantive changes in some of our educational offerings.