MDI Biological Laboratory

Teaching Physiology On-The-Fly: A Faculty Development Program for Clinical Teachers 2022

Teaching Physiology On-The-Fly: A Faculty Development Program for Clinical Teachers 2022

  • October 16-21, 2022
  • MDI Biological Laboratory
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A hands-on comparative physiology-based faculty development program aimed to equip clinician educators with the confidence and ability to integrate physiology and mechanistic thinking into their daily clinical teaching and medical decision making. Participants will conduct actual comparative physiology experiments using aquatic species, designed to enhance understanding of basic physiologic principles in humans. These experiences will be used as a springboard to create teaching scripts that participants can employ in clinical practice. The goal is for participants to develop a renewed confidence in, and take home tangible products for incorporating physiology into clinical teaching.

Additional details about the course and a discussion of the long-term goals of this course may be found in our publication in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Target Audience

Educators in Hospital Medicine, General Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and any other physicians who are interested in incorporating physiology based teaching into clinical practice

Faculty development will be integrated throughout the course in order to enhance participants’ ability to translate new knowledge into effective teaching.

We anticipate that 23 Continuing Medical Education Credits will be available again this year.

CEUs: Continuing medical education credits are provided by The University of Vermont. Participants may claim a maximum of 23 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.


Expected 2022 Tuition: $3,500.00

Tuition includes all course materials including laboratory exercises, all meals during the program, on-campus double occupancy housing, WiFi access, and parking. Single occupancy rooms, if available, may be purchased for an additional fee.

Course Directors



  • To inspire clinician educators to teach physiology and incorporate mechanistic thinking into their clinical decision making.
  • To give clinician educators the time and the space to re-familiarize themselves with basic concepts of physiology applicable to internal medicine using hands on comparative physiology experiments.
  • To give clinician educators durable tools and resources so that they are able to locate and review the physiology and mechanisms of disease processes in their ongoing clinical and teaching roles.



All course attendees reside in on-campus housing, which is included in the tuition cost. Should a participant decide to stay off-campus, tuition can be reduced by a nominal amount. Local ground transportation is not provided.

Each attendee is placed as a double occupant in a dormitory-style room. Single occupancy can be requested for an additional cost. Bathrooms are shared, same gender assignments. All housing units have free access wifi and parking.

Birch Hall        Spruce Hall        Emery Dorm