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Residency Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program

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This certificate program includes self-led courses with assignments to provide foundational training for residency faculty. Completion of the track requires a minimum of 30 hours and covers:

  • The structure and requirements of residency education
  • How to be an effective and efficient faculty member
  • The nuts and bolts of curriculum development and teaching
  • Strategies for assessment, feedback, and remediation of residents 

Participants in the program are also invited to join the Residency Faculty Fundamentals Facebook Group, where they can discuss topics with other participants. Participation is not compulsory.

Graduates receive a certificate, a letter of congratulations noting the accomplishment, a letter to their program director, and a press release to distribute locally. They will also be listed on the STFM website.

Program Courses

To graduate, participants must complete all courses and assignments and pass a final exam. Courses include readings, videos, interactive modules, quizzes, and assignments. Some assignments require a significant time investment, including curriculum development, scholarly activity, and practicing feedback. 

Course list:

  • ACGME Program Requirements
  • Competencies, Milestones, and EPAs
  • Structure and Funding of Residency Programs
  • Billing and Documentation Requirements
  • Recruiting and Interviewing Residents
  • ABFM Rules and Requirements
  • Scholarly Activity
  • Writing for Academic Publication
  • Curriculum Development
  • Didactic Teaching Skills
  • Clinical Teaching Skills
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Giving Feedback
  • Residents in Difficulty: Academic and Behavioral Problems

What is a Certificate Program?

An assessment-based certificate program is different than a certificate of attendance/participation and professional certification. “An assessment-based certificate program is a non-degree granting program that:

  1. Provides instruction and training to aid participants in acquiring specific knowledge, skills, and/or competencies associated with intended learning outcomes;
  2. Evaluates participants’ achievement of the intended learning outcomes; and
  3. Awards a certificate only to those participants who meet the performance, proficiency or passing standard for the assessment(s).”1

1. Institute for Credentialing Excellence. Defining Features of Quality Certification and Assessment-Based Certificate Programs. Accessed March 28, 2016.

What You Need to Know

  • You must complete all courses and assignments within 12 months. You will receive feedback from the course instructor on some assignments.
  • Some assignments will require communication with your program director and/or other faculty.
  • You must pass the final exam to graduate and earn the certificate. You may take the exam three times.
  • This Enduring Material activity, Residency Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 30.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 05/01/2018. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • For more details about the program, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page. For questions, contact Brian Hischier, Manager of Online Education, at or (913) 800-5198.


$995 for STFM members; $1,495 for non-members. Purchase online using the catalog below, or return this PDF form by mail or fax. 


If you have any questions about the certificate program or need help accessing it, e-mail Brian Hischier.

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