Faculty development activities will be conducted through two main venues: annual retreats and Epigeum, an online faculty-development program.
Faculty development series
Regularly-scheduled faculty development sessions are open to all faculty and instructional staff throughout the year. The sessions are led by experts in a wide range of areas of faculty activity (such as instructional modalities, assessment, advising, grant-writing, etc.) from within and outside of the CSOM.
CSOM will host faculty retreats for all clinical faculty participating in the Practice of Medicine and Evaluation in Health Care Settings courses. The agenda will include a review of the curriculum objectives and student assessment tools, and workshops on teaching and assessment strategies for clinical faculty. In addition to the general sessions, faculty development sessions specific to each course (e.g., specific learning objectives and assessment tools for that course) may also be presented by the individual course directors and the Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Faculty Development. The assistant dean will also create additional onsite faculty development sessions to resolve any site-specific issues identified regarding lack of compliance with course objectives, required experiences, or assessment methods.
Epigeum faculty development
CSOM has contracted with Epigeum, an online faculty-development program, to provide faculty with access in perpetuity to a suite of online teaching and assessment courses for medical educators. This
program includes courses on assessment and feedback in clinical practice and on teaching with patients. The course duration is 6.5 hours, and more than 35 additional hours of instruction are available.
Further faculty development will occur in the form of a monthly educational journal club, participation in the IAMSE faculty development webinars, and through support of research in Medical Education through the Scholars Engaged in Educational Research (SEER) group. The purpose of the group is to foster a community of educational researchers to further the mission of the School of Medicine. Meeting time is used to generate and foster scholarship through educational research ideas, support those interested in engaging in educational research, encourage collaborative research projects, solve problems related to educational research, and provide feedback on research ideas, proposals, projects in process, and finished products.