Pediatric Housestaff

Medical Education

The goal of the Medical Education Scholarly Concentration is to help residents and fellows develop essential skills for being a successful, innovative medical educator (curriculum design, evaluation of learner performance, program evaluation, educational leadership, and educational scholarship), and explore if this career path fits their scholarly interests.

Program Overview and Objectives

Participation in this Scholarly Concentration will prepare residents and fellows to:


Required for all Medical Education Residents:
Residents use 2-4 months of call free elective time to focus on their medical education research project. In addition, residents are required to participate in the following:

Required for All Residents:
We highly value medical education at Stanford, and thus, all residents, regardless of Scholarly Concentration, participate in a robust Residents-As-Teachers Program, including:

In addition, all residents participate in the following as a part of the Scholarly Concentration program:


Contact Information

Becky Blankenburg, MD, MPH (, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, in the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine.  She is the Associate Chair of Education (Residency Programs), Residency Program Director for the Pediatrics Residency Program and the Combined Pediatrics-Anesthesia Residency Program at Stanford, and Co-Director of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program.  Her educational interests include how to promote autonomy and improve learning opportunities in this new era of decreased work hours, increasing faculty supervision, and increasing patient safety; how to improve clinical reasoning, communication, and professionalism through longitudinal coaching; and how to teach learners to teach.  Dr. Blankenburg is currently a Co-PI for an NIH-funded Social Behavioral Sciences Study (intervention to improve bedside teaching and patient care), and co-investigator for the IPASS Bringing Patient Safety to the Bedside Study.
She led the National Nighttime Curriculum Study and was the site PI for the national ARRA-funded IPASS Study on handoffs education. 

Carrie Rassbach, MD (, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, in the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Her areas of interest include medical education, hospital medicine, and care of children with special health care needs. She is an Associate Program Director for the Stanford Pediatrics Residency Program and Co-Director of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program. She has designed and studied an innovative Coaching Program and a curriculum for pediatric residents in complex care. In 2013-2014, she was a Rathmann Fellow in Medical Education through the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Elizabeth Stuart, MD, MSEd (, is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, in the Division of General Pediatrics.  She is the Assistant Dean of Clinical Education, Clerkship Director for Pediatrics, and an Associate Program Director for Continuity Clinic Education in the Pediatrics Residency.  Her educational interests include teaching and curriculum design around patient-centered and cross-cultural communication, clinical reasoning, and performance assessment. Her clinical teaching emphasizes role modeling and reflection on doctor-patient interactions and clinical decision-making.


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