This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2023-2024 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Program goal

The graduate Certificate in Medical Education is a 12-credit-hour program designed for faculty teaching in medicine and health professions to enhance depth and breadth of their expertise in adult learning, curriculum design, instructional strategies and medical education scholarship, as well as to foster development of a cadre of academic leaders who can model best practices in teaching undergraduate, clinical and graduate programs. This program is available in an online format.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to articulate a personal philosophy of practice that enables them to facilitate adult learning in medical education and engage in critically reflective practice as an educator
  2. Demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge of adult learning for teaching in medical education to function as educational leaders who model best practices and serve as role models for trainees
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of assessment and evaluation strategies that align with goals and objectives and instructional strategies within a curriculum
  4. Adopt one or more instructional methods for actively engaging learners in a discovery or inquiry process that incorporates small-group or team-based learning strategies
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of digital media technologies appropriate for use in preclinical and clinical teaching situations
  6. Become familiar with the scholarship of teaching and learning by developing a research agenda for inquiry into student and trainee learning to advance the practice of teaching in medicine by making research findings public

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on academic regulations for graduate students.

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on graduation requirements.