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September 5 - Session 1

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The Current Landscape of Faculty Development: Challenges and Opportunities

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A large component of any academic professional development program is faculty development, as the success of education excellence primarily hinges on the effectiveness of educators. To maintain faculty vitality and commitment to their home institutions it is incumbent to offer faculty development opportunities. A systematic review by Steinert states the field of faculty development has grown substantially in the last 10 years. This webinar will review the field over the past 10 years. In addition, it will highlight the varieties of faculty development activities, formal and informal, short and longitudinal, and diverse design principles. There will be a focus on the need to build communities of practice in the workplace and foster participants passions with like-mined colleagues to share ideas and resources and work collaboratively on projects. The session will conclude with challenges of assessment of faculty development initiatives to assure accountability of oversees of programs and to support desired outcomes from all participants.

September 12 - Session 2

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Recruiting, Retaining and Developing a Diverse Faculty

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This session will examine specific topics in faculty development in detail.  Particularly, we will hear about recruiting, retaining, and developing a diverse faculty, which is crucial in creating and maintaining an inclusive learning environment.

September 19 - Session 3

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Congratulations! You’ve been promoted! Introducing the IAMSE Educator Toolkit

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Educators in the health professions are busy people. We teach, assess learners, engage in educational leadership and administration, develop and assess curricula, advise and mentor students and colleagues, and conduct research. This IAMSE webinar will introduce tips and tools to help you build an outstanding educational portfolio that highlights the impact of your scholarly activities. We will explore how the IAMSE Educator Toolkit helps you to document your work in a format that is clear and easily interpreted by department chairs, promotion committee members, and other institutional leaders involved in appointment, promotion, and tenure decisions.

September 26 - Session 4

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Innovative Faculty Development Programs: Two Case Studies

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham Healthcare Leadership Academy 
The Healthcare Leadership Academy was founded 11 years ago at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The program is a collaborative program of the Collat School of Business and the School of Medicine and involves participants from all of the health-related schools (e.g. Nursing, Public Health, etc.) and from throughout the UAB Medicine clinical enterprise. It was designed to expose these emerging leaders to fundamental leadership concepts relevant to healthcare leaders and to provide overview of UAB Medicine. The curriculum involves a weekend kick-off session that utilizes the physical challenges of a high-ropes course and is followed by a series of day-long sessions that occur the monthly for the remainder of the 8- month-long program. Participants interact with senior leaders in a small group setting and hear presentations on a variety of leadership-related topics. They also work in small project groups to develop proposals for initiatives that would add benefit to UAB Medicine and the program concludes with a formal presentation of these proposals. 

Several of the project proposals have been implemented as actual programs and the participants are particularly appreciative of time with the senior leaders in an intimate setting. Other outcomes of the program were presented in a comprehensive review of the program published in 2014. The most durable valuable outcome of the program are the relationships that the participants form with each other during the experience. Therefore, a recent addition was the creation of a private social media network of both past and present participants with the thought of enhancing this social network by creating connections between all alumni of the program.
 
Educational Scholars Program: A National Faculty Development Model to Enhance Educational Research Skills
In the second portion of the webinar, Melissa Klein will discuss the model for the Educational Scholar’s Program, a national educator faculty development program.  She will start off with a description of the need that led to the program’s development and the program’s goals, objectives and guiding principles.  She will describe the curriculum, both online and in-person components as well as programmatic outcomes.   

October 3 - Session 5

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Beyond See One, Do One, Teach One: Developing Graduate Students and Medical Trainees as Medical Educators

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This session will focus on building the skills of graduate students, medical students, and graduate medical education trainees as medical educators.  The webinar will present two distinct yet parallel methods (graduate students and medical trainees) for developing learners in the art and science of medical education.  We will begin by explaining why these types of training are needed, what training strategies are successful, and what challenges may exist in developing this training at your institution. It will highlight specific methods to leverage students as peer teachers that not only are effective but also can provide an even larger return on investment beyond the teaching that is provided. Participants will be provided with resources for curricula, assessment tools, and innovative ideas to reward trainees for their teaching.