O'Connor - Stanford Leaders in Education Residency (OSLER) Program

An innovative program training future leaders in medical education

Program Overview

The O’Connor - Stanford Leaders in Education Residency (OSLER) Program is a unique opportunity for family medicine residents at O’Connor Hospital to develop the many skills necessary to become leaders in medical education.  Through training and mentorship of educators at O'Connor and Stanford School of Medicine, OSLER residents complete many elements of a faculty development fellowship by the end of the 3 years in residency.  Graduates are poised to excel as academic clinician educators, effective leaders, and successful change agents.


More Than The Ability to Teach Effectively

While residency offers an opportunity to learn many of the basics of effective teaching, additional training is needed to fully develop the skills required to thrive as a master clinician educator. The purpose of the OSLER Program is to create innovators, scholars, and leaders in medical education. In addition to promoting excellence in teaching, OSLER aims to develop residents who are able to:

  • Possess the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate learners and programs and effectively design new curricular offerings.
  • Translate educational theory and strategies to the health professions learning environment and add to the current body of knowledge.
  • Master the skills required to investigate and disseminate major educational developments.


Track Features

Dual Mentorship
OSLER residents will be paired with master clinician educators from O’Connor and Stanford, who will provide nurturing longitudinal guidance and support. Residents will teach Stanford medical students alongside master educators, while cultivating and fostering the clinical and professional skills that promote respectful, compassionate, and empathetic patient care of the highest quality.

Small Group Sessions
During highly interactive small group sessions, residents will explore and apply the key principles of medical education and practice teaching skills.

Observation of Teaching Sessions
To optimize sound teaching skills and also to facilitate self-reflection and peer and faculty feedback, residents will be directly observed and given feedback about their teaching.

Educational Scholarly Project
To enhance skills as an educational researcher, residents will have the opportunity to work with mentors to create and implement an educational scholarly project, and present their work at national meetings.


                                                 O'Connor Faculty

                                                       Stanford E4C Faculty

Longitudinal Educational Curriculum

Highly interactive small group sessions will focus on advanced educational and leadership topics and emphasize application of core principles of medical education. Some of these topics include:

  • Developing a research question
  • Performing a literature search
  • Research design
  • Working with medical students in clinic
  • Working with medical students in the hospital
  • Teaching procedural skills
  • Individual learning styles
  • Interactive teaching techniques
  • Teaching preparation toolkit
  • Evaluation and feedback 
  • Curricular development
  • Delivering a dynamic presentation
  • Career planning
  • Leadership development



The O’Connor - Stanford Leaders in Education Residency (OSLER) Program is a unique opportunity for family medicine residents at O’Connor Hospital to develop the many skills necessary to become master clinician educators, efficient administrators, effective leaders, and optimal change agents. In addition to developing a new generation of leaders in medical education, a major goal of OSLER is to immediately enhance the teaching of Stanford medical students through greater participation of O’Connor residents and faculty. Furthermore, the OSLER Program signals a major collaboration between the faculties at O’Connor and Stanford – a bold step forward that hopes to strengthen our bonds and ignite future partnerships in innovative medical education.



Since its inception in 2011, OSLER residents have volunteered hundreds of hours teaching Stanford students in the Practice of Medicine course, Family Medicine core clerkship, and FM sub-internship. In addition to teaching and mentoring, residents have produced an impressive array of scholarly work, including posters and oral presentations at national conferences, as well as full manuscripts in esteemed peer-reviewed journals.  The OSLER program has received local and national recognition and has been held up as an example to residency programs in other disciplines at Stanford and across the country.  OSLER received the Innovative Program Award in 2014, given by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM).