Teaching Philosophy Statements

Des Moines, IA US
May 6, 2015

This course is part of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Master Medical Educator Series. 


This workshop will focus on the dreaded teaching philosophy statement. Discussion will include what a teaching philosophy statement is, its importance, and considerations for what not to include. We will also explore samples of good and bad teaching philosophy statements.

In preparation for this workshop, we ask that you complete a teaching assessment instrument (you only need one of the four in the links below) and the Teaching Philosophy Statement Inventory. These questions are designed to provide you an opportunity to critically think about issues that are essential to the teaching philosophy statement before you arrive at the workshop. Please note that you do not need to answer all of the questions in the TPSI; its questions are designed to elicit ideas related to those areas.

Teaching Assessment Instruments (only one necessary though you may take as many as you like)


Engage in understanding what a teaching philosophy statement is (and isn’t), its importance, what should be included, and start drafting (or redrafting) their own.

Target Audience

DMU faculty. 


Kerry Gregoryk, PhD
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Des Moines University

Brian Pinney, PhD
Educational Specialist, Des Moines University

Relevant to the content of this CME activity, Dr. Gregoryk and Dr. Pinney indicated they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Credit

  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s).
  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this activity for 1.0 hour of Category 1-A CME credit(s).
  • Other: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/06/2015 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
05/06/2015 - 1:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
SEC #115
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME


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