2023 TEACH Education Day

Annual Richard C. Vari, PhD Endowed Lecture

Event announcement promoting TEACH Education Day Richard C. Vari Endowed Lecture on October 30, 2023, 12:00 - 1:00 pm in VTCSOM M106. The talk features international leader in Medical Education, Ronald M. Harden, OBE, MD, FRCP (GLAS), FRCS (ED), FRCPC, Professor (Emeritus), Medical Education, University of Dundee, UK; Editor-in-Chief, Medical Teacher (pictured). His presentation is entitled, "The Changing Roles of Teachers & Students of the Future." People are encouraged to attend in person, but there is a virtual option. Additional details, including the Zoom link, are provided in the text below the image.

Photo of Dr. Ronald Harden speaking at a podium.

Photo by Ryan Anderson, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Increasing attention has been paid in health professions education to curriculum planning and education strategies such as PBL, to teaching and learning methods including the use of new technologies, and to assessment including developments relating to performance and programmatic approaches. Sufficient attention has not been given to the teacher as key to the success or failure of any educational initiative. Important in the implementation of an education program or a new development in the field is the teacher or trainer. The eight roles and responsibilities of the teacher have been described by Harden & Lilley (2018).

Students also have an important role to play in health professions education, not simply as customers or clients but working alongside the teacher as partners. This is perhaps the most important development in health professions education in the next decade (Harden & Harden, 2023).

In a conscious shift, schools need to decide where they wish to sit on the student/teacher partnership ladder, from little or minimal involvement of the student to a full partnership and strategic collaboration. How to best involve students and the extent of the collaboration in the education program is a challenge.


  • Harden RM, Lilley PM. The Eight Roles of the Medical Teacher (2018) Edinburgh: Elsevier.
  • Harden J, Harden RM. The Changing Role of Medical Students. (2023) Edinburgh: Elsevier.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of the teacher in the education program
  • Appraise the eight different roles of the teacher
  • Identify how these roles have changed
  • Recognize the importance of the student as a partner in the curriculum rather than simply a client or consumer
  • Give examples of how the student can contribute to curriculum planning and implementation
  • Evaluate on the student participation ladder the school’s position

Dr. Harden’s lecture presentation slides

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit


  • Category 1 CME credit is offered for this presentation. AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM has been approved for this enduring material from July 1, 2023 to July 1, 2024.
  • To receive Category 1 CME credit for videos viewed, complete the full CME Evaluation Form link below. On the evaluation, you will be required to answer two questions regarding content covered during this session.

Lecture Video

Post-Lecture Q&A

VT News article

VTCSOM Progress Notes article

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