Teaching Skills Program

About the Program

This program is intended for educators at all levels of training and experience in all biomedical, public health, and nursing fields who are invested in developing their skills as teachers. No prior course work is required.


The Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Longitudinal Program in Teaching Skills develops master educators to serve as role models and leaders in medical education.

To continually advance the field of medicine, we need transformational educators to guide and develop the next generation. Teaching excellence can be taught and practiced; however, most faculty in healthcare have not had formal opportunities for training in teaching skills. The Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Longitudinal Program in Teaching Skills provides a framework and a diverse learning community for reflecting on teaching practices and developing personally and professionally as educators.

Learning principles and core values

  • Experiential focus
  • Relationship-centeredness
  • Collaborative learning and shared perspective-taking
  • Reflective practice
  • Learner-centeredness
  • Self-directed learning
  • Humanism
  • Active learning strategies
  • Teacher and trainee wellness

Meaningful learning activities

  • Small group sessions
  • Skills practice
  • Participant led sessions
  • Peer observation of teaching with feedback and coaching
  • Simulation exercises and role-play
  • Sharing of teaching challenges and strengths
  • Formalized brainstorming

Course Description

We offer 2 intensive longitudinal courses. A 24 session in person program and a 10 session virtual program. Both courses provide the opportunity to reflect on teaching, practice skills, and learn instructional strategies in a supportive and collaborative learning environment.

TS 24 session in person course

  • This course runs for a total of 24 weeks split into 2 sections: TS 1 and TS 2.
  • TS 1 meets every Thursday morning (8:30-12) from the 2nd week in September through the 3rd week in December.
  • TS 2 meets every Thursday morning (8:30-12) from the 2nd week in February through the 2nd week in April.
  • Participants work in large and small group settings with the majority of time spent in small group collaborative learning communities.
  • This course typically has 12-16 participants.

TS 10 session virtual course

  • Virtual TS course schedule varies throughout the year (please email for more information)
  • Meets for 2 hours weekly, for a total of 10 sessions
  • Participants work in small group collaborative learning communities of no more than 7

For both the 24 and 10 session courses, content and instructional methods are evidence-based and grounded in learning theory. Participants apply content and skills to their own teaching challenges and opportunities. Minimal work outside of sessions is required.

CME is available for both courses.

We welcome and accommodate participants from non-Hopkins institutions.

For more information and registration fees, please Email Us.

Core Content

  • Using foundational facilitation strategies for teaching and learning.
  • Promoting effective and inclusive learning environments.
  • Providing concise, interactive and actionable feedback.
  • Fostering collaborative small group learning.
  • Developing expertise in clinical teaching and role modeling.
  • Motivating and empowering learners.

No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that blown by the successful teacher.

Sir William Osler


JHSOM (current and past roles)

Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Director Institute for Excellence in Education
President Johns Hopkins Hospital
Director Colleges Advisory Program
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education
Division Director General Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Program Director Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Urban Health Residency Program Director
President Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
Associate Dean for Faculty Educational Development

Beyond JHSOM (current and past roles)

Vice Dean for Medical Education at Mayo Clinic
Vice Dean for Medical Education Case Western
Chair Department of Dermatology Howard Medical School
Residency Program Directors-University of Maryland Medical System, Franklin Square Hospital, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, York University, University of Wisconsin, University of Kansas Medical Center


“Participating in the Teaching Skills Program transformed my approach to learners not just as a teacher but as an effective coach, mentor, and role model. As junior faculty, this course played a key role in my personal and professional development; I use the communication and reflective practice skills I learned from TS in all aspects of my work as a clinician, educator, and leader.”
Hospitalist Faculty Member

“I learned the evidence-base central to being an educator but that was just the beginning. I found my inner coach – a skill I never knew I had but is now one of my superpowers. Most importantly, I found my confidence as an educator, a confidence that grew simply by being surrounded by other educators and watching and learning their process. For me the course was career-changing.”
Geriatrics Clinical Educator Fellow