Background Residents and fellows play a vital role in educating medical students and junior residents. Studies report that residents desire to improve teaching but lack confidence and formal training.

Aims: This study discusses changes in residents’ teaching confidence as they complete an eight-month program developed to provide them with skills to teach effectively. Effectiveness of the program include measures of residents’ teacher efficacy and self-reported behavior changes in teaching practices and overall program value.

Methods An eight-month Physician Educators Certificate Program (PECP) was developed in which residents attended monthly interactive workshops and completed surveys before and upon completion of the program on their teacher efficacy and knowledge about teaching strategies. In addition, residents wrote about their implementation of teaching techniques and applications of education theories in their teaching philosophies.

Results Of the 182 residents from four cohorts (2016-2019) who participated in PECP, 167 participated in this study (92% response rate). The participants represented 16 residency programs. Results indicate significant increase in residents’ confidence in bedside teaching, giving feedback, and implementing interactive teaching methods. Teaching philosophy excerpts reveal increased incorporation of educational theories and teaching principles discussed during the program.

Conclusions Residents who participated in this eight-month program reported increase in teacher efficacy and teaching behavioral changes.