Developing Active Resident Teachers (DART) 2023-24

DART certificates are awarded to residents who participated in Academic Boot Camp activities, co-ordinated project development with the GME Office, and implemented their programs to improve the curriculum and assessment systems of their residency programs. For the 2022-23 academic year, DART certificates have been earned by 8 residents in 3 programs:

In Anesthesiology, Matthew Cao and Sujeivan Mahendram were awarded for their development of educational tools, lecture- and simulation-based, about regional anesthesia. Jeeha Park was awarded for his work developing an ultrasound simulation training program for first-year anesthesiology residents.

In Dermatology, Audrey Fotouhi and Starling Tolliver were awarded for their development of resident-led case presentations of rare dermatological issues. Dr. Tolliver was also recognized for her stellar work with program leadership during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Annual Program Evaluations for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

In Internal Medicine, Jahanavi Ramakrishna was awarded for her webinar and role-playing training to teach clinical skills for patients with infections from IV drug use. Dr. Ramakrishna was also recognized for her leadership in creating a women's physicians group at APRH. The team of Ranim Chamseddin, Kevser Yesilyaprak, and Jahanavi Ramakrishna was recognized for their development of a learning tool for Systems-Based Practice orienting interns about care providers in the hospital (from nursing, case management, PT/OT, respiratory, etc.) and the differences between palliative care vs hospice.


In 2023-24, GME will hold 3 Academic Boot Camps (ABCs), all virtually via Microsoft Teams.  For a description of these events and to register, click here.
  • Fall 2023: Effective Healthcare Teaming
    • Tuesday, October 17, 2023, from noon to 2:00 pm
  • Winter 2024: Moral Determinants of Health
    •  Friday, January 12, 2024 from noon to 2:00pm
  • Spring 2024: Positive Psychology and Wellbeing (hosted by Marvin)
    •  Wednesday March 13, 2024 9:00am to 11:00am

Data Analysis Office Hours will be held on the last Friday of the month at 4 pm, from August through May 2024, excepting reschedules for holidays. Dr. Stansfield will work with any residents or faculty who need consultation about research design, planning, data organization, analysis, graph-making, and interpretation. Participants may submit de-identified datasets prior to sessions.

Attendance of at least one ABC is a prerequisite for earning the Developing Active Resident Teachers (DART) certificate.  For more information, contact the GME Director of Education Dr. Brent Stansfield at

Developing Active Resident Teachers (DART)

The Office of Graduate Medical Education offers a Developing Active Resident Teachers (DART) certificate for residents who have developed their educational skills beyond the expected level and have made a tangible contribution to the residency education program at Wayne State University. Recipients of the certificate complete a series of online learning modules and design and carry out a medical education project under the supervision of their Program Director and a faculty mentor. The online learning modules cover essential topics in education scholarship: theories of adult learning, tactics of teaching (small group facilitation, bedside teaching, giving effective feedback, etc.), sensitivity to learning environment, and professional development. Attendees will be supported and advised by the Office of Graduate Medical Education with their deep knowledge of residency education, cognitive psychology, curriculum development, social science research, and quality improvement.


Participants are eligible to receive a Developing Active Resident Teachers (DART) certificate from the Office of Graduate Medical Education if they complete the following three requirements:  

  1. Complete at least six online modules addressing the theory, tactics, and professional development in medical education. See the Online Learning Modules section below for the specific requirements.

  2. Participate in at least one Academic Boot Camp (ABC) offered during the fall of 2023, the winter of 2024, or the spring of 2024.

  3. Design and carry out a medical education project.  Project proposals must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Medical Education for approval in order to count towards the DART certificate.

1. Online Learning Modules

For information on how to access FD4ME modules, click here; for IHI modules, click here; and for AMA modules, click here

Learning and Medical Education (at least one)

AMA IPM: Residents as Teachers
FD4ME: Adult Teaching Premises and Practices
IHI: Why Engage Trainees in Quality and Safety
FD4ME: Micro-Teaching in Medical Education

Education Tactics and Skills (at least three)

IHI: The Role of Didactic Learning in Quality Improvement
FD4ME: Writing Learning Objectives
FD4ME: Feedback and Evaluation in Clinical Teaching: Basic Concepts
FD4ME: Teaching Students in the Ambulatory Setting: Getting Started
FD4ME: Facilitating Small Group Instruction
FD4ME: Teaching Students in the Ambulatory Setting: Evaluation and Feedback
FD4ME: How to Prepare and Conduct a Team-Based Learning (TBL) Session
IHI: A Roadmap for Facilitating Experiential Learning in Quality Improvement

Learning Environment Issues (at least one)

FD4ME: Creating a Respectful Learning Environment: Avoiding Student Mistreatment
IHI: A Guide to the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program
FD4ME: Taking the HEAT: Dealing with Emotionally Charged Situations

Leadership and Professional Development (at least one)

FD4ME: Mentoring I: Mentoring Relationships: An Overview
IHI: Introduction to Health Care Leadership
FD4ME: Promoting Reflective Practice in Your Learners
FD4ME: Reflection in Your Medical Practice


2. Academic Boot Camp (ABC)

In the ABC, participants will learn how to help trainees learn better, save time on all aspects of teaching (including mentoring), get better teaching evaluations, and have more fun in the process. It is an intensive seminar/workshop on the principles and practices for conducting and evaluating effective clinical teaching. Topics include identifying and remediating the struggling medical learner; student learning strategies; designing and implementing a variety of learning experiences; and continuing instructional improvement strategies through documenting/publishing scholarly teaching and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

3.  Medical Education project

Qualifying projects must have the approval of the Office of Graduate Medical Education prior to completion. Proposals should be no more than 400 words and should list a Goal (an education need that the resident has identified), a proposed Method (specific set of steps the resident will take to address the need), and an Outcome (at least one measure that will be used to evaluate the impact of the stated Methods toward the stated Goal). Applicants will need a faculty mentor from within their program and approval from the Program Director.

  1. Identify a Faculty Mentor
  2. Work with your Mentor to develop a project proposal
    1. Proposals should be do-able: something the program can actually implement
    2. Proposals should be concrete: the methods should be clear and specific
    3. Proposals should be time-bound: you should have a stopping point to assess them
  3. Get your Program Director's signature on your proposal
  4. Email proposals to for approval
  5. Once proposals are approved, residents can take steps toward project completion
  6. Obtain IRB educational exemption through the Wayne State University IRB office


Questions?  Contact the Office of GME Director of Education Dr. Brent Stansfield at