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New Certificate Program Provides Foundational Training for Residency Faculty

June 20, 2017—STFM has launched the Residency Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program to provide online training for faculty. The program 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 

Courses include readings, videos, interactive modules, quizzes, and assignments. While a few courses are specific to family medicine, most are applicable to faculty of any specialty. To graduate from the program, participants must complete all courses and assignments and pass a final exam within one year.

Course topics include:

  • 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 for Residency Faculty
  • Writing for Academic Publication
  • Curriculum Development
  • Didactic Teaching Skills
  • Clinical Teaching Skills
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Feedback
  • Residents in Difficulty: Academic and Behavioral Problems

Those who graduate receive the certificate, 25 hours of CME credit, a letter of congratulations noting the accomplishment, a letter to the graduate’s program director, and a press release to distribute locally. They’ll also be listed as Certificate Program graduates on the STFM website.

The Residency Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program was developed by the STFM Graduate Medical Education (GME) Committee, STFM staff, and subject matter experts over past 2 years, with input from focus groups and the STFM Board of Directors. “This has been the GME Committee’s primary activity over the past couple of years,” said Russell Maier, MD, chair of the committee. “We defined the course list, tested delivery methods, wrote and peer-reviewed scripts, developed quiz questions, recorded videos, and created assignments. This was a big project, and we’re proud of what we’ve produced.”

The certificate program addresses a critical need identified by members, as well as ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Family Medicine that state “There must be a structured program of faculty development that involves regularly scheduled faculty development activities designed to enhance the effectiveness of teaching, administration, leadership, scholarship, clinical, and behavioral components of faculty members’ performance.”1

Karyn Kolman, MD, is the program instructor, providing feedback to learners. Dr Kolman is the Interim Vice Chair for Education for the University of Arizona Department of Family & Community Medicine, and the Associate Program Director for the University of Arizona South Campus Family Medicine Residency.

The Residency Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program is $995 for STFM members and $1,495 for non-members. Learn more and enroll.

  1. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Family Medicine. Accessed March 28, 2017

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