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Collaborative Faculty Development Series shares knowledge, experience across medical schools

You may have noticed that faculty development offerings from the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLAS) unit of Education Resources have been a bit different this fall. Earlier this year, co-principal investigators (Co-PI) Dr. Adrienne Salentiny and Dr. Boyung Suh (Southern Illinois University Medical School) and colleagues from four other medical schools in the midwest received a grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA) for the development and evaluation of a collaborative faculty development program. This program seeks to address a need for a robust, scalable faculty development program that leverages sharable resources among faculty development practitioners at medical schools across the region and beyond.

The six schools participating in this project are the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Central Michigan University College of Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, the University of Michigan Medical School, and the Ohio State College of Medicine.

What does this mean for faculty at the SMHS? Medical educators from six schools in four states have been working together to develop a virtual multi-institutional faculty development model that allows us to share expertise and resources in support of student and faculty success. Among the core foci of this program is education for clinical faculty and preceptors and faculty success in research and promotion.

The latest two offerings were directly focused on clinical education: In October, Drs. John E. Lowry (Central Michigan University) and Mohammed Najjar (The Ohio State University) presented “Evidence-based Clinical Teaching Techniques to Use when Time is Limited” to a live virtual audience of over 50 faculty across the six institutions. In November, a live virtual audience of over 80 individuals joined us as Dr. J. M. Monica van de Ridder (Michigan State University) presented “Feedback Fundamentals: Observing, Providing Feedback, and Being Unbiased.” Recordings of both of these sessions are on the project website.

On Dec. 14 at noon Central, Drs. Suh and Salentiny will present “Program Development and Evaluation, a Practical Guide.” Additional events are planned in each month of 2023, with the initial phase of the project completing in June. These events will focus on topics including doctor-patient communication, mentoring, research, tenure and promotion, and change management. All event dates and registration info, including Zoom links, are available on the project website.

If you have questions about this project or the programming, please contact the principal investigators: Adrienne Salentiny (UND – and/or Boyung Suh (SIU – For up-to-the-minute information and resources, please follow TLAS on Twitter at @SMHS_TLAS. You may also wish to follow the CGEA (@TheCGEA) to receive notice of more events and resources like those described in this article! Your continued support and interest in faculty development at the SMHS and beyond is much appreciated!