Teaching Certificate

Teaching can account for a significant portion of your pharmacy career, whether it involves teaching patients and colleagues, precepting students on rotation, or giving lectures and leading workshops as part of your clinical and academic responsibilities.

Since 2001, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, in conjunction with Meriter Hospital, has conducted the Teaching Certificate Program (TCP) for Pharmacy Residents. This program is designed around 14 core concepts or themes related to medical education. Each session is led by a team of residents who serve as discussants – preparing a lesson plan that incorporates background readings and effective learning activities to emphasize the most salient points. Sessions occur throughout the residency year, with greater emphasis in the fall, and are attended by residents, invited guests, and coordinators. At the completion of the TCP, residents are granted a teaching certificate based on program attendance and participation, peer review of lectures, and successful preparation of a teaching portfolio. Session topics include:

  • Creating a lesson plan
  • Writing objectives and outcomes
  • Facilitating classroom learning
  • Matching your teaching style to the learning environment
  • Traditional and authentic methods to assess student learning
  • Interprofessional learning and professionalism
  • Assessing your teaching performance
  • Continuing professional development
  • Precepting Series: providing effective feedback, high performing teaching teams, designing and implementing an effective rotation

Affiliated Residency Programs include:

  • UnityPoint Health – Meriter
  • William S. Middleton VA
  • Monroe Clinic
  • SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital
  • UW Hospital & Clinics
  • UW School of Pharmacy
  • Clement J. Zablocki VA

Questions about the program?

Please contact the TCP Coordinators:

Kate Hartkopf khartkopf@uwhealth.org
Kim Lintner klintner@meriter.com
Joe Zorek joseph.zorek@wisc.edu


Frequently asked questions about the UW Teaching Certificate Program (TCP)

When does the program meet?

Meetings are during the academic year, every two to three weeks in the fall term and monthly in the spring term. The sessions usually meet from 5:30-7 pm on Wednesdays at the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy.

What are the requirements?

In order to receive a certificate, a resident must attend and participate in program sessions, co-lead one of the sessions and successfully prepare a teaching portfolio.

What teaching opportunities exist beyond the TCP?

Each residency program is unique in this regard. Residents often co-precept students at their site, present a continuing education program and participate in instructional activities in the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy pharmacotherapy lab. Didactic teaching is independent from this TCP so consider this program complementary to teaching opportunities arranged by the site.

How is the learning accomplished?

There are background readings and occasionally activities done prior to meeting. Presentation of each topic incorporates perspectives from guest lecturers, active participation and hands on learning. Finally, there is reflection involved in preparation of the teaching portfolio.

How would you briefly describe the program?

The program has been conducted since 2001 and brings together residents from various training programs throughout Wisconsin to compare learning and teaching approaches. It is a dynamic learning environment that is participant focused and created. By the completion, the participant should have the fundamental skills to continue development as a pharmacy educator.

Where do participants typically go from here?

The majority of participants go on to clinical positions with teaching roles or specialty residencies. Some have gone directly into faculty positions. This program is not intended to replace fellowships and/or specialty programs in pharmacy education.