Faculty Development Programs at New Jersey Medical School

In Academic Year 2014-2015 the following Faculty Development Sessions were presented:
The IAMSE Faculty Development Webcast Series on Times are Changing: Evolution and Revolution in Medical Education was presented on the following dates:


MEG Spring Symposium

March 18, 2015, 8:30 AM to 3:00PM

Student Center - Rutgers Livingson Campus

The theme will be self-reflection. The event will feature two keynote speakers:

  • Gail Jenson - Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Vice President for Research, Academic Affairs, Professor of Physical Therapy, and Faculty Associate, Center for Health Policy and Ethics, Creighton University.
  • David Burns - Executive director of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE), founder and principal investigator of SENCER (an NSF-supported faculty empowerment and curricular reform program).

There may be a few shorter presentations in the morning, followed by lunch.

Afternoon workshop topics to be announced.


Webcast Audio Seminar Winter Series 2015

IAMSE Winter 2014

Moving from Message to Action: The Role of the Learner in Feedback
January 8 (MSB/B-646)

This session will review literature regarding the importance of feedback in medical education and the link between feedback-seeking behavior and lifelong learning. The goal of feedback is to actively engage students in a framework for the process of learner reflection on performance. This creates common ground for dialogue regarding performance that facilitates the feedback process and, importantly, when successful results in a change in actions or behaviors by the learner.
Speaker: Karen Cornell

Developing Skills at Making Observations
January 15 (MSB/B-646)

Multiple reports over the last ten years have highlighted the critical importance of direct observation by faculty and other educators in assessment and feedback of medical trainees. Furthermore, competency-based medical education also relies heavily on high quality coaching and feedback. Direct observation is particularly important for the teaching and assessment of clinical skills, communication and interpersonal skills. Despite substantial advances in technology, such as imaging and minimally invasive procedures, clinical and communication skills remain vitally important for effective and high quality healthcare, and faculty must still play a critical role in providing detailed and accurate assessment and feedback to trainees. This webinar will first provide an overview of theories and recent empiric studies in rater cognition and the implications for direct observation as an assessment method. The webinar will also cover faculty development methods, such as performance dimension training (PDT), frame of reference training (FOR) and behavioral observation training (BOT), that may help faculty to recognize the important characteristics and factors that drive faculty rating performance.
Speaker: Eric Holmboe

Getting Started as a Medical Teacher in Times of Change
January 22 (MSB/B-646)

Medical school teaching is a skill that is very often learned on the job. The faculty comprised of researchers and clinicians are expert in many biomedical disciplines, but familiarity with learning theories and pedagogy are usually not included in their knowledge and skill sets. The standards set by accrediting agencies coupled with faculty attrition rates requires efforts to focus on novice educators early in the process. The session will include a number of topics that can be used to start junior faculty on the correct path to becoming effective medical educators. Each topic will cover resources and tools to make the first teaching encounters positive experiences for the teacher and the learners. Some of the topics to be covered are: Identifying a mentor; Becoming familiar with the goals and objectives of the institution; Learning about the institutions teaching resources; Striving to become engaged in the course; and Selecting a pedagogy that fits the learner and you.
Speaker: Richard Feinberg

Graduate Courses on Teaching Skills
January 29 (MSB/B-646)

Providing the next generation of medical educators with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that characterize successful medical educators requires a purposeful, systematic approach. This webinar will compare two such programs organized as graduate courses. Microbiology 805 at the University of Kansas Medical Center was developed by Michael Parmely in response to requests from graduate students in the PhD program. The course is organized around the principles of student-centered learning and each of the 15 sessions illustrates the prevailing theories and good teaching practices with students doing and reflecting on what they have done. In contrast, the American Physiological Society has developed a course “Becoming and Effective Teacher” as part of its Professional Skills Training program. This course blends an on-line component with a 5 day residential experience that allows the participants to develop skills as and modeling being an effective teacher. This blended approach allows a critical mass of interested students to develop a supportive peer group of committed educators. Incorporating formal educational training into Doctoral graduate programs enhances the skills of our graduates, and increases their competitiveness in the job market.
Speakers: Robert Carroll and Michael Parmely

PRIME Program at Wake Forest
February 5 (MSB/B-646)

Challenges in medical education are two-fold: 1) schools of medicine are undergoing a trend toward diminishing content in basic sciences, and 2) schools in the allied health professions are attracting a broad range of student backgrounds and professional goals. These challenges are compounded by the emphasis on translational research appropriate for immediate clinical applications or the possibilities of commercialization, in the face of reduction in basic science research support. We have addressed these challenges in our advanced graduate student and postdoctoral training by providing teaching opportunities that require our trainees to direct their content specifically to the professional needs of the allied health care audience, while employing instructional methods that promote active learning and clinical applicability. By this method, we expect to contribute a pool of academic educator-researchers that can fulfil the needs of future biomedical education.
Speaker: Allyn Howlett