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Training Pathways

Training pathways are two year certificate programs that provide residents and fellows with additional knowledge, skills and professional preparation alongside their chosen medical specialty. Participation in a training pathway occurs concurrently with residency or fellowship training.

Training pathways offer:

  • Demonstrable knowledge and skills for potential employers
  • Enhanced well-being from work-work diversity
  • Membership in a community outside of your training program
  • Better understanding of career paths
  • Opportunities to take on additional roles
  • Preparation for the career you want
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Clinician-Educator Training Pathway

The Clinician-Educator Training Pathway prepares trainees to be successful in a medical education career, with training in teaching strategies, education leadership and research.

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Global Health Pathway

The Global Health Pathway engages residents to better understand the social, economic, cultural and environmental factors that contribute to health and disease throughout the world.

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Health Equity Training Pathway

The Health Equity Training Pathway uses a health systems science lens to educate and empower trainees to discuss, identify, act upon, and teach health inequities in their everyday practice of medicine.

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Leadership Training Pathway

Knowledge and skills gained through the Leadership Training Pathway will be useful to future leaders in academic medicine and hospital administration.

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There is intentional overlap to our programs. When choosing between pathways, consider whether you are likely to incorporate one of these roles into your future career:

  • Clinician-Educator — This pathway trains physicians who plan to make medical education a significant part of their careers. They might be preparing to be a clinician-educator, program director, course director, faculty developer, etc. 
  • Leadership — This pathway trains physicians to take a leadership role in academic medicine or hospital-based medicine. They might become a division chief, service line leader, director of a clinical unit, etc. 
  • Global Health — This pathway takes a bottom-up approach to health equity. If our health care system is a network, this pathway trains individuals to work at any node in the network. We prepare clinicians, educators and researchers to address health disparities internationally and in domestic under-resourced areas.  
  • Health Equity — This pathway takes a top-down approach to equity, teaching participants to serve as bridges in the health care network. Participants learn to make decisions within domestic health systems using a health systems science and systems thinking lens and apply equity to these decisions. This prepares physicians to bring an equity lens to any leadership role. 

What will you learn from each pathway?

In all our pathways, you will:

  • Apply theory and develop skills through a scholarly project 
  • Embed yourself within a community of peers from a variety of programs 
  • Receive career and project mentorship 
  • Better understand career pathways in the field
I want to...  Clinician-Educator Global Health Health Equity Leadership
Develop advocacy skills  
health policy and legislative advocacy
Prepare to be a leader and scholar in medical education
Improve health equity

domestically and internationally


Improve understanding of health systems

domestically and internationally


Understand the impact of culture on health and disease and build cultural humility  

Understand health equity theory and implementation strategies     
Build skills for community engagement
Teach and communicate about health systems problems 
Prepare for leadership in academic medicine or hospital-based practice

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Additional Non-Clinical Training Opportunities

In addition to the GME Training Pathways, there are a number of non-clinical IU training opportunities outside of GME. These offerings include certificate programs, graduate degrees and fellowships.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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