Certificate Programs

Medical School Faculty Fundamentals

Coming Soon!

Launching Summer 2019

This assessment-based online program will include self-led courses with assignments to provide foundational training for medical school faculty. Completion of the program will require approximately 35 hours and cover:

  • The structure and requirements of medical education
  • How to be an effective and efficient faculty member
  • The nuts and bolts of curriculum development and teaching
  • Strategies for assessment, feedback, and evaluation of medical students
  • Academic advancement

To graduate, participants must complete all courses and assignments and pass a final exam. Courses include readings, videos, interactive modules, quizzes, and assignments.

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

What You Need to Know

As a participant: 

  • You must complete all courses and assignments within 12 months to graduate.
  • You will receive feedback from the course instructor on some assignments.
  • You will need to set aside significant time for a few assignments, including curriculum development, scholarly activity, and practicing feedback. 
  • You will need to communicate with senior faculty at your institution for some assignments.
  • You will be invited to join the optional Medical School Faculty Fundamentals Facebook Group with other participants.
  • You must pass the final exam to graduate and earn the certificate. You may take the exam three times.

Coming Soon

You can download a pre-order form here.

STFM members will be able to purchase the program for $995.

If you are not a member of STFM, you will be able to purchase this program for $1,495. Visit our membership page to learn more about the benefits of membership. 

If you previously purchased the Residency Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program, you will be able to purchase the complete Medical School Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program for $495

What's a Certificate Program?

What's the difference between a certificate program, a certificate of participation and certification?

“The primary focus of an assessment-based certificate program is on facilitating the accomplishment of intended learning outcomes. Although assessment is an integral part of the certificate program, the primary purpose of the program is to provide education and training which supports the accomplishment of the intended learning outcomes. The certificate awarded designates that participants have completed the required education/training and demonstrated accomplishment of the intended learning outcomes.” 1

A certificate of attendance “signifies that a participant was present and in some cases that the participant actively participated in a program or event. Demonstration of accomplishment of the intended learning outcomes by participants is NOT a requirement for receiving the certificate; thus, possession of a certificate of attendance or participation does not indicate that the intended learning outcomes have been accomplished by the participant.”1

Professional certification “is a voluntary process by which individuals are evaluated against predetermined standards for knowledge, skills, or competencies. Participants who demonstrate that they meet the standards by successfully completing the assessment process are granted a time-limited credential. To retain the credential, certificants must maintain continued competence. The credential awarded by the certification program provider denotes that the participant possesses particular knowledge, skills, or competencies. Whereas the focus of an assessment-based certificate program is on education/training, the focus of professional/personnel certification is on the assessment of participants. Moreover, the assessment is independent of a specific class, course or other education/training program and also independent of any provider of classes, courses, or programs. The assessments are NOT designed to evaluate mastery of the intended learning outcomes of a specific class, course or education/training program and the certification program provider is NOT the sole provider of any education or training that may be required for certification.” 1

1. Institute for Credentialing Excellence. Defining Features of Quality Certification and Assessment-Based Certificate Programs. http://www.credentialingexcellence.org/d/do/71. Accessed March 28, 2016.

Course List

  • LCME and COCA Requirements
  • Academic Structure and Professional Advancement
  • Scholarly Activity
  • Writing for Publication
  • Time Management
  • Curriculum Development
  • Classroom Teaching
  • Clinical Teaching Skills
  • Incorporating Students Into Your Clinical Workflow
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Giving Feedback
  • Advising Medical Students
  • Establishing Professional Boundaries
  • Medical Students in Difficulty: Academic and Behavioral Problems


Contact Brian Hischier, Manager of Online Education, at bhischier@stfm.org or 913.800.5198.

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