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Acad Med. 1998 Sep;73(9 Suppl):S32-7.

Faculty development: a field of dreams.

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Department of Pathology, University of Kentucky, Chandler Medical Center, Lexington 40538-0084, USA.


This chapter describes the faculty development efforts of the eight schools that participated in The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's "Preparing Physicians for the Future: Program in Medical Education." The authors define "faculty development" as the "enhancement of educational knowledge and skill of faculty members so that their educational contributions can extend to advancing the educational program rather than just teaching within it." Faculty development programs varied widely among the schools. Some schools had active programs in place, others initiated programs at the start of the project. This chapter explores the faculty development topics and methods, both shared and unique, among the eight schools. It then looks at the ways the schools motivated their faculties to participate in their programs. Finally, it describes some of the outcome measures that were used to gauge the effectiveness of the faculty development programs. The authors conclude that the eight schools' approaches and levels of commitment to their faculty development programs varied. They present lessons learned from the successes and failures of the various programs.

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