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Center for Leadership and Innovation in Medical Education

CLIME is the Center for Leadership and Innovation in Medical Education. Its mission is to advance and support medical education at the UW School of Medicine and throughout the WWAMI region, and to promote an integrated continuum of medical, graduate and lifelong education at all levels. BIME Medical Education and Evaluation faculty are active members of CLIME, participating in CLIME’s grant review process, work-in-progress sessions, and Best Evidence Medical Education collaboration. Lynne Robins, PhD, core faculty in BIME, is CLIME’s director. CLIME offers a variety of programs focused on building a community of educators for networking and mentoring, supporting educational scholarship, and developing teaching resources.

CLIME Educator Development Activities

CLIME’s educator development activities support continuous curriculum improvement at UWSOM. Regularly scheduled educator development workshops for Foundations faculty prepare block, thread and theme leaders throughout the WWAMI region with best-evidence, learner-oriented teaching methods. CLIME additionally coordinates with local and regional experts to provide on-site faculty development for individuals teaching in the patient care phase of the UWSOM curriculum. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are available to all qualifying participants as of 2015.

  • Web-based Learning Modules
    CLIME’s web-based learning modules are designed to complement and amplify face-to-face educator development activities. These modules, which are focused on teaching and learning in classroom and clinical settings consist of vodcasts and written materials that are continually updated.
  • Learning Communities
    CLIME Learning communities bring together faculty to share experiences and expertise in teaching and education scholarship.
  • Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC)
    MERC is a longitudinal program in partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) consisting of six workshops intended for clinicians and other educators who desire to expand their scope of research skills to facilitate collaborative participation in medical education research projects. These workshops are open to all medical school faculty members with appointments at the University of Washington.
  • Education in Medicine Lecture Series
    CLIME collaborates with BIME and other UW Medicine departments to organize visiting professorships to the University of Washington each year. Internationally renowned experts are invited to discuss innovative and emerging trends in health professions education in a variety of formats including Grand Rounds presentations, interactive workshops, and one-on-one consultations. Sessions are broadcast live via Zoom and recorded for upload to the CLIME web site.
  • Work-in-Progress (WIP) Sessions
    CLIME coordinates monthly sessions in which faculty from across departments present their educational research at any stage of development to other colleagues in a friendly, safe environment.
  • Scholarship Grant
    CLIME’s competitive small grants program supports innovative education research and curricular projects, locally and across the WWAMI region.



The Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education (BIME) highlights development of faculty teaching and evaluation skills and focuses in particular on implementing teaching/learning best practices and maintaining work-life balance.

  • Teaching Scholars Program
    Faculty members from the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education direct the Teaching Scholars Program. This 10-month faculty fellowship, which has been offered since 1995, provides extensive training (without the need for sabbatical leave) in instructional methods, leadership, performance assessment, learning theory, topics in medical education, and conducting scholarly research. Participants meet one-half day per week throughout the 10-month period and complete a scholarly project by the end of the program. Department chairs of participating faculty pay a stipend, which demonstrates an institutional commitment to the faculty, to teaching excellence, and to the substance of the Teaching Scholars curriculum. Graduates of the program have become leaders in academic medicine at the UW and nationally as well as faculty developers and curriculum innovators. In addition, the School of Medicine adopted a Teaching Portfolio template developed by the 2005-2006 Teaching Scholars cohort for purposes of promotion. When funding is available, WWAMI faculty members who want to participate have been able to join by teleconference.
  • BIME faculty development annual workshop series
    The Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education (BIME) organizes multiple faculty development workshops annually. These workshops are open to all medical school faculty members with appointments at the University of Washington. The workshops are provided by UW faculty, both within and outside BIME, and include at least one presentation by a nationally recognized faculty member from another institution. Sessions are half-day and are typically interactive and experiential with hands-on activities. Workshops focus on basic teaching, learning, and evaluation skills, as well as special topics.