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Ask any educator, and they'll undoubtedly agree: Teaching is complex. Using a "train-the-trainer" approach, the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers aims to equip academic medical center faculty with leadership skills to enhance their teaching effectiveness, and in turn, disseminate such skills to colleagues at their own institutions.

Stanford Faculty Development Program in Clinical Teaching graduatesEleven clinicians, including OHSU faculty members and Portland VA Medical Center (PVAMC) physicians, make up the latest cohort of graduates in the Stanford Faculty Development Program in Clinical Teaching.

Andrea Cedfeldt, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine; Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program; and Staff Physician, PVAMC and Elizabeth Allen, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Section Chief, General Internal Medicine, PVAMC, led the course. They are among a group of 151 trained facilitators from 91 institutions worldwide who've undergone this course at Stanford. Dr. Cedfeldt completed the program in 2005 and Dr. Allen in 1998; Diane Elliot, MD, Professor of Medicine, completed the Stanford program in 1986, when it first began.

Each session focused on one of seven educational categories – such as learning climate, communication of goals and promotion of self-directed learning – with a final session focusing on overall evaluation and wrap-up. Participants met for two and a half hours every two weeks in order to enhance their versatility as teachers, enhance their ability to analyze clinical teaching using an educational framework and provide a forum for collegial exchange. Although the content of teaching may be discussed during the seminars, the primary focus is on the process of teaching.

"This course is set up to adapt to the individual's unique teaching setting, making it conducive for interdisciplinary learning and training," said Dr. Cedfeldt, who is also an education consultant for OHSU's Graduate Medical Education program. "We set personal and institutional goals that allow us to learn from each other and ultimately benefit the broader teaching mission at OHSU."

Graduates from the 2012 cohort include:

  • Michelle Berlin, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Ronda Keller, DO
  • Karen Kwong, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Surgery and Staff Physician, PVAMC
  • Ines Koerner, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
  • Eriko Onishi, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
  • Carrie Phillipi, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
  • Pascale Schwab, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine and Staff Physician, PVAMC
  • Grace Tran, OD, Instructor, Department of Ophthalmology
  • Ajay Wanchu, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Suzanne Watnick, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Medical Director, dialysis unit, PVAMC
  • Carter Wray, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

To date, Stanford Faculty Development Center programs have been disseminated to well over 15,000 medical leaders worldwide. Learn more at their website.