TOP: Teaching Observation Program
TOP is a voluntary peer mentorship program participated in by faculty of all levels and consists of observation of teaching followed by a feedback session. Established in 2005 and directed by the Faculty Development Working Group, TOP serves faculty across the School of Medicine, and working group members have given workshops on TOP to faculty and administrators of the School of Nursing, which piloted the program in the Masters Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN).
How it works:
A. Faculty are observed by mentors: Academy members (the mentors) who have been trained in observation and feedback techniques observe colleagues (the mentees) in teaching sessions, and give feedback afterward. These sessions can be requested by individual faculty members, course and clerkship directors, etc. In this mentee-driven process, the individual being observed may request feedback on the teaching session as a whole, or may ask their mentor to focus on specific aspects of their teaching, e.g.:
- Using PowerPoint effectively
- Engaging an audience
- Emphasizing main points
- Improving the pace and flow of a presentation
Letters of completion: Faculty who have been observed and received feedback will receive a letter documenting their participation in this faculty development activity. The Academy will send carbon copies to department chairs, division chiefs and others upon request. Due to the confidential nature of the feedback, the letter does not include any details.
B. Faculty observe Academy mentors: Any faculty member may request to observe an Academy member in a teaching session. The observation is followed by a debrief session. To request to observe a mentor, please review the membership list and contact Karen Brent with your request.
TOP Training Module
The TOP mentor orientation and training workshops the Academy used to offer are going to be replaced by an online training module with new materials and 24/7 access via the CLE. To access the module in the CLE, you need a MyAccess account at UCSF:
- Sign into My Access
- Enter this link into your browser: https://moodle.ucsf.edu/course/view.php?id=2699
Alternatively, scroll down to Search for Courses/Spaces on the left hand side of the screen and enter the title: UCSF Academy of Medical Educators TOP Mentor Training Module.
If you are non-UCSF faculty, you can still access our public versions:
- UCSF CLE Public Site
- MedEdPORTAL's iCollaborative https://www.mededportal.org/icollaborative/resource/672
- Small group observation form
- Lecture observation form
- Clinical TOP observation form
- OR TOP Observation form
- Introduction to TOP PowerPoint
- Tips for TOP mentors / Tips for Clinical TOP mentors
- Clinical peer review: excerpts from the literature
Faculty Development after TOP: Please refer to our Faculty Resources page