Physician Faculty members in busy healthcare systems face increasingly competitive claims on their time as medical educators and clinicians. Simultaneously, the national medical education environment is demanding more sophisticated, innovative teaching practices to foster learning outcomes that can be measured, documented and replicated. Balancing these demands can be challenging. This is certainly true at Carilion Clinic, where we teach a broad spectrum of learners, from first-year medical students and physician assistant students to residents and fellows.
The Office of Professional Staff Affairs (OPSA) offers an opportunity for physicians to prepare for multiple roles as educators. The Carilion Clinic Faculty Development Fellowship (FDF) is tailored to those who are interested in educational leadership. Participants learn and apply theories and practices in medical education, educational research, and the fundamentals of managing a successful faculty career. An emphasis of the FDF is to provide opportunities for participants to put educational theory into practice.
Nominated by Department Chairs, Section Chiefs, and Deans, FDF participants commit to a nine-month program which includes the implementation of an Education Project. One may also submit an application for nomination on their own.
Sample FDF 2010-2011 Topics
- Assessment and Evaluation
- Curriculum Design
- Being an Educator
- Educational Planning
- Educational / Clinical Research
- Teaching and Learning
- Teaching at the Bedside and in the Ambulatory Care Clinic
- Multimedia for Educational Purposes
- Educational Research and Scholarly Teaching
The sessions are presented by subjects specialists from the OPSA and colleagues from Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Continuity is kept throughout the program via OPSA staff who attend every session.
Previous Educational Projects
- Developing a Curriculum for Geriatric Psychiatry Rotation
- Developing an Echocardiography Core Curriculum for the Cardiology Fellowship
- IM Coronary Care Unit Rotation Assessment of Resident’s Learning Experience
- Showing That Basal Bolus Insulin is Safer Than Regular Sliding Scale
- How to Recognize & Treat Several Medical Issues that Occur Only in Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries & TBI
- Advanced Electrophysiology (EP) Rotation for General Cardiology Fellows
- A Pilot Study Utilizing Audio and Video Analysis of Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomies for Resident Education.
- A Two-week Clerkship for 3rd Year Medical Students in the Department of Imaging Services