Leadership in Medical Education Pathway

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Description and Defining Characteristics

While all categorical residents will have abundant opportunities for teaching, the Leadership in Medical Education (LME) Pathway is intended for residents who wish to further develop the skills necessary for becoming effective educators and leaders in the medical education community. The primary goal of the pathway is to establish a solid foundation in the essential theories of adult learning and apply that knowledge in real-life practice.

With protected additional elective time and funding for national conferences, residents will have built-in opportunities to work with Case Western Reserve University/UH Cleveland Medical Center, as well as serve as educators within the residency program. Using a combination of a small group, formal didactic, and "chalk-talk" teaching methods, residents will gain experience and expertise in a broad range of teaching environments.

In addition to developing teaching skills, residents in this pathway will build their leadership skills by attending courses at the Weatherhead School of Management, as well as direct exposure to various educational leadership roles within the residency program, Case Western Reserve University and the University Hospitals health care system.

Example Schedule

Residents in the Leadership in Medical Education Pathway follow the same overall schedule as categorical Internal Medicine residents. It is expected that some of their elective time will be used for activities pertinent to the pathway. Additionally, time is preserved as part of regular ambulatory blocks for teaching activities at the School of Medicine. The overall progression of training can be viewed below:

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Track Leaders

Sonali Khurana, MD

Sonali Khurana, MD

Sonali Khurana, MD is a hospitalist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Khurana obtained her undergraduate degree and medical doctorate at the University of Illinois. She completed her residency training at UH Cleveland Medical Center. She was a chief resident in the Department of Medicine 2020-2021 and joined as faculty in 2021. She is passionate about medical education and is Co-Director of the Leadership in Medical Education Pathway for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Nathan Stehouwer, MD

Nathan Stehouwer, MD

Dr. Stehouwer an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University and Program Director of the combined Med-Peds residency program. In addition to his Program Director duties, he is the Medical Director of the Med-Peds consult service for young adults with childhood illnesses admitted to the pediatric or adult hospitals, including patients with developmental disorders, sickle cell disease and congenital heart disease. His research interests include transitions of care, care of young adults with developmental disorders, and clinical reasoning.

Dr. Stehouwer received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Calvin College and his MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his Med-Peds residency at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital where he served an additional year as Med-Peds chief resident. Dr. Stehouwer enjoys spending time playing with his two young sons, hiking, cycling, and watching Cleveland sports.

Jaime Tompko, MD

Jaime Tomko, MD

Dr. Tomko is a hospitalist at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center. She received her undergraduate degree at the Ohio State University before completing medical school at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2016. She graduated from Medicine-Pediatrics residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and served as chief resident before returning to Ohio to work as a hospitalist at the VA where she loves caring for the veterans. Her main academic interests are in graduate medical education and quality improvement. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Tomko loves being active and outdoors, yoga, working on her home, and cheering for Cleveland sports, for better or worse.

For More Information

For more information about the pathway, please contact Sonali Khurana, MD.

Read our resident's experience with this Pathway