Since the inception of its Certificate of Commitment to Excellence in Teaching series in 2012, the School of Medicine has offered professional development for faculty, fellows and residents, as well as students and staff who want to advance their skills as teachers and/or pursue scholarly work in education.
This program series is offered by the Office of Medical Education in conjunction with the Academy of Distinguished Educators. Opportunities include Medical Education Grand Rounds — lunchtime programs presented by nationally and internationally acclaimed experts in medical education — multiple afternoon sessions presented by UVA SOM faculty on various topics in education, and a monthly lunchtime Journal Club. Most are highly interactive sessions during which participants learn together and exchange ideas to enhance both teaching and learning.
This year’s series covers a range of topics of interest to those who teach in the classroom and in clinical settings. Topics include Providing Effective Feedback, Professional Identity Formation, Remediating the Learner in Need, Entrustable Professional Activities, and a research series. At the suggestions of our faculty, the content addresses learner assessment, curriculum development, advising and mentoring learning, and using a scholarly approach in educational leadership roles. The sessions are supplemented by a monthly journal club for participants to engage in a facilitated discussion of articles from the literature that address a broad variety of topics of interest.
In addition to receiving CME credit, anyone who attends 10 or more of these sessions over a two-year period receives a certificate acknowledging their commitment to professional development in education. To date, over 60 individuals have earned a certificate.
The topics presented are designed to help educators who teach across the continuum — medical student teaching, resident and fellow teaching, and peer/faculty development — and support participants in developing scholarly work and scholarship in education. The sessions provide an environment in which educators can get together to build skills and develop relationships.
We will build on the successes of past programming to meet the needs of those who are interested in biomedical and health sciences education. We welcome additional colleagues to lead and facilitate sessions in the Certificate series and for the Journal Club.
R.J. Canterbury, MD, MS, DLFAPA
Wilford W. Spradlin Professor
Senior Associate Dean for Education