Teaching Certificate Program

Would You Like to Become a Better Teacher?

Teaching can account for a significant part of your career, whether it involves teaching patients and colleagues, precepting students on rotations, or giving lectures as part of your academic responsibilities. Few residency programs offer the opportunity to formally improve your teaching skills.

Since 2001, preceptors from Meriter Hospital and faculty from the University of Wisconsin- School of Pharmacy have conducted the Teaching Certificate Program for Pharmacy Residents. This program is offered annually to all pharmacy residents in Wisconsin.

This program is designed to incorporate background readings into sessions that include activities and discussions on a variety of topics. The participants actively practice and apply what they have learned through teaching opportunities at the UW School of Pharmacy and at their residency sites.

Program Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the salient aspects of being a pharmacy educator.
  • Discuss a variety of instructional methodologies and assessments used in higher-level teaching.
  • Create and deliver instructional module(s) throughout the residency to demonstrate the application of techniques and concepts discussed during the program.
  • Discuss the current developments in pharmacy education and the role of various references and resources for instructors.
  • Compile examples of work in a teaching portfolio.
  • Develop professional attitudes and values towards teaching and learning.

At the end of the program, residents are granted a teaching certificate based on successful completion of the following:

Satisfactory performance in:

  • Discussion of topics
  • Actual and simulated teaching opportunities
  • Completion of a teaching portfolio
  • Peer review of lectures
  • Attendance

Topics include:

  • Starting from scratch: creating a lesson plan
  • Objectives and outcomes
  • Getting your message across to a professional audience
  • Facilitating classroom learning
  • Matching your teaching style to the learning environment
  • Traditional methods to assess student learning
  • Creating and using authentic tools to assess learning 
  • Interprofessional learning
  • Assessing your teaching performance
  • Continuing professional development
  • Professionalism
  • Precepting Series:
  • Providing effective feedback
  • Creating a high performing teaching team
  • Designing and implementing an effective rotation

Program Coordinators

Kimberly A. Lintner, PharmD, BCPP
Meriter Hospital

Beth A. Martin, RPh, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison