Patricia A. Tietjen, MD Teaching Academy

The Patricia A. Tietjen, MD Teaching Academy was founded in 2021, with the purpose of providing an interprofessional scholarly home for clinical educators across Nuvance Health. The Teaching Academy honors the life and work of the late Dr. Tietjen, a passionate advocate for education at Nuvance Health.

Coming Soon: Teaching Academy Trainee Track

A dedicated cohort for senior residents and fellows at Nuvance Health

The Teaching Academy is pleased to announce, we will be offering a trainee track for senior residents and fellows. More information to come.

our story

The Patricia A. Tietjen, MD Teaching Academy is named in honor of the late Dr. Tietjen, Nuvance Health's former Chief Medical Officer and a beloved member of the community. A passionate advocate for interprofessional education, Dr. Tietjen dreamed of launching a Teaching Academy for clinical educators at Nuvance Health. It is a privilege to bring Dr. Tietjen's vision of the Teaching Academy to life - we hope she would be proud of what has been accomplished so far in the inaugural year!

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Mission, Vision, and Goals 

  • Mission

    The Patricia A. Tietjen, MD Teaching Academy brings together passionate and promising educators, promoting their pursuit of excellence in education and scholarship and recognizing their contributions to Nuvance Health.

  • Vision

    Create an interdisciplinary home for promising and passionate educators, actualizing Nuvance Health’s unwavering commitment to teaching and inspiring future generations in medicine.

  • Goals

    Promote effective and innovative practices for high-quality teaching and learning.

    Support medical education faculty professional development.

    Maintain a forum for members and associates to have dialogue about teaching and learning.

    Support the scholarship, teaching, and learning activities within medical education.

    Advise and serve as a resource to Nuvance Health on issues related to excellence in teaching and educational scholarship.

FAQs and Information

  • Can anyone participate?     

    The Teaching Academy is a community of passionate clinical educators across Nuvance Health. We welcome applications from physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, physical, occupational, respiratory and speech therapists, pharmacists, and other clinical educators. Enrolled scholars gain exposure, knowledge, and skills to advance their careers in teaching and educational scholarship.
  • What is the estimated time commitment?   
    Participants can expect to spend 3-4 hours per month in group learning sessions and an additional 4-5 hours per month, September through June, preparing for sessions and working on their educational projects. The inaugural cohort met almost entirely via virtual platform due to COVID-19, but our hope is that conditions will allow for the 2022-2023 cohort to meet in a hybrid design of alternating monthly in-person and virtual meetings. CE credit will be awarded for time spent in group sessions.
  • How can I apply?         

    Applications to become a member of the 2023-2024 cohort of the Patricia A. Tietjen, MD Teaching Academy are currently closed. All accepted scholars have been notified and an official roster of the interprofessional cohort will be shared soon!

    Applications for the 2024-2025 cohort will open in late spring 2024 - please visit this website for more information about exact dates and instructions to apply. You may also email with any questions or to share your interest in participating in Teaching Academy activities.

  • Is there a fee or cost for membership?     
    There is no fee or tuition to participate.
  • Who can I contact if I have questions or need more information?   
    Should you have any questions, please reach out to Beth West, Director of the Patricia A. Tietjen, MD Teaching Academy at
  • The Patricia A. Tietjen, MD Teaching Academy is an active member of The Academies Collaborative   

    The Patricia A. Tietjen, MD Teaching Academy is an active member of the The Academies Collaborative (AC). The Academies Collaborative was created in 2001 with the goals of sharing nationally new approaches to improving medical education and helping to create culture change in academic medicine that better fosters the recognition, support, and collaborative work of educators. Since its founding, the Academies Collaborative has since grown to include dozens of universities with existing academies or plans to establish an academy.


    The AC meets each fall in conjunction with the annual AAMC meeting to catch up on accomplishments and challenges and to tackle shared issues. The event typically features a keynote address, peer-reviewed podium presentations, and table discussions. By sharing experiences and discussing common issues, the institutions in the collaborative have learned much and strengthened the organizational change accompanying the creation of our respective academies.


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2022 Inaugural Academic Symposium e-publication

The Patricia A. Tietjen, MD Teaching Academy held their Inaugural Academic Symposium on May 18, 2022 at the Ballroom of The Summit at Danbury. Fifteen inaugural scholars presented their scholarly projects consecutively to the live audience of attendees. This e-publication includes each of the inaugural scholar biographies, abstracts of each scholars’ independent educational project, which they had developed over the course of the nine-month Teaching Academy curriculum, as well as an academic poster.  

We invite you to learn more and know you will be impressed and inspired by their work and accomplishments. Special thanks to Amanda Wallace for her design and creation of the e-publication.

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2022 PATMDTA Academic Symposium

Meet the 2022-2023 cohort of the Patricia A. Tietjen, MD Teaching Academy 

A Message from the Patricia A. Tietjen, MD Teaching Academy

The Patricia A. Tietjen, MD Teaching Academy
We would like to thank the many individuals who have supported the development and launch of the Patricia A. Tietjen, MD Teaching Academy. We could not do this without you!

If you have questions, would like more information, or would like to support the Teaching Academy, please leave us a comment below or email

We look forward to hearing from you!


Robyn Scatena, MD
Executive Director, Nuvance Health Patricia A. Tietjen, MD Teaching Academy
Director Critical Care, Norwalk Hospital

Beth West
Director, Nuvance Health Patricia A. Tietjen, MD Teaching Academy

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