Faculty and Professional Development in the Spotlight

March 5, 2009

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Clerkship and program directors looking to discuss the importance of fostering the teaching, assessment, feedback, and administrative skills of medical educators are encouraged to attend the Clerkship and Program Directors' Conference: Faculty and Professional Development. The event will be held at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.

"This year's conference is an introduction to faculty and professional development for medical educators," said Director Lori Ann Schuh, MD. "Many national organizations, including the ACGME, are placing increased emphasis on faculty training and development assessing and providing feedback to learners. We are very fortunate to have Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD, of the Harvard Macy Institute open the conference with an introduction to 'Developing Faculty Teaching Skills.' The program also will include a panel discussion of a variety of cases of 'problem' learners and teachers."

The Clerkship and Program Directors' Conference will again offer an "Educational Tools" segment, in which participants are given an opportunity to share education tools and works in progress from their home institutions, including books, electronic demos, and other resources that they have developed. This interactive portion of the conference will also be enhanced with a presentation of posters from the 2009 Education Program. Upon completion, participants will be able to discuss the principles of adult learning and practical methods of fostering teaching skills; describe processes to document educational credentials for promotion; identify processes, tools, and policies to deal with problem learners; and have a better understanding of financial planning in their residency program.

Attendees will earn 5 CME hours of AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ and the program will help meet the core competencies of Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Professionalism, and Systems-based Practice.

Find out details about speakers and other activities at the Conference.

For more information or to submit and educational tool, contact Lucy Persaud at lpersaud@aan.com or (651) 695-2741.