Faculty Development

Faculty Development

The goal of faculty development in the Department of Family Medicine is skill building for faculty. Department conferences and learning communities provide both basic and advanced skill development in four major areas: Teaching, Scholarship, Leadership/Management, and Personal/Professional. Presentations are designed to meet the faculty development needs for a broad range of faculty from fellows and junior faculty to senior, experienced faculty.

Topic-based Faculty Learning Communities

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is focused on sharing expertise between colleagues to enhance knowledge and skills. Members of a FLC pursue shared goals while working within a framework of mutual trust and respect.


  1. Build collaboration and fellowship amongst faculty
  2. Provide an opportunity for a more interactive faculty development format
  3. Encourage the production of scholarly works for publication or presentation

Faculty Learning Community Format

  • Meet one - two times per month for at least six months
  • Facilitator chooses times and dates
  • Use technology to allow participation without being physically present, e.g. Adobe Connect
  • Use a standard schema for the group to establish mutually agreed upon goals and outcomes
  • Consistent faculty facilitator(s) leading the group
  • Topics for discussion driven by group with suggestions for useful topics from facilitator and other presenters

Faculty Development Topics - 2014-2015

Foundations of Family Medicine. A look at our present-day work through the lens of our historic literature. We will discuss selected readings from the 1950s through present time that will shed light on the underpinnings of today's practice of primary care with an emphasis on the clinical encounter (as opposed to health policy).  Authors might include: Ian McWhinney, George Engel, Ed Pellegrino, Ivan Ilitch, Iona Heath, Enid/Michael Balint, G.Gayle Stephens. Direction of readings will be determined by the group during our sessions. Participants must be willing to read up to 50 pages/month and come eager to discuss and think outside the box.

Survey Design – getting it right makes all the difference. In this FLC, participants will design surveys using best practices and sound research principles. Included will be discussion of a process for developing and testing surveys and how to avoid pitfalls.

Flipping the Classroom - an exploration of various strategies for active learning. In this FLC we will explore strategies for flipping the classroom as well as other active learning tactics. Active learning is a way of engaging learners to do things as well as reflect on what they are doing. Together flipped classroom teaching is one version of active learning – the goal of all of which is to shift responsibility of learning onto the adult learners.

Curriculum Design – creating innovative and effective curricula. In this FLC, participants will work together to design and develop curricula using an outcomes-oriented approach and building an evaluation strategy from the outset. Included will be component steps in curriculum design including needs assessment, writing objectives, choosing educational strategies and outcomes evaluation.

Faculty Development Topics - 2013-2014

Teaching and Technology (on-line only). A community interested in sharing contemporary ideas and knowledge regarding teaching, technology and the nexus of the two.

Competency Based Medical Education. A community for sharing ideas about competency-based education and how it applies to our departmental education efforts.This is particularly important in the light of the ACGME changes and the changes to the undergraduate curriculum.

 Academic Nuts & Bolts. A community interested in sharing ideas, tips and tricks about a host of academic topics including improving your CV or Educator's Portfolio, time management, and promotion.

Developing and Using Clinical Data to Improve Health. A community focused on learning how to develop clinical and operational questions in a manner that can be answered from data available from scorecards and other clinical reports. Other potential topics include: learning how to develop an action plan that may include training of staff and clinicians and monitoring of outcomes.

Faculty Development Topics - 2010-2011

De-mystifying Promotion & Tenure

Scholarly AVU System

Update on Medical Student Programs and LCME

Redesigning practices and residencies- what we have learned from P4 so far

Transforming OHSU Family Medicine Practices

Student Advising: Facts, Websites, and your Teaching Credits

Evalutating the Focused Faculty Program: How do we measure success?

Tools for Assessing Styles and Strengths in Academic Medicine


Faculty Development Topics - 2009-2010

How to Fit Writing Manuscripts Into Your Busy Research/Clinical Careers

Inpatient Teaching

Substance Abuse Screening & Overview of SBIRT Project

Brief Negotiated Interview Techniques

Quality Improvement: Responding to Peer Review

Assesing Learners in Difficulty

Teaching and Scholarly AVU System


Faculty Development Topics – 2008-2009

Teaching Communication Skills through Video Review

Resident Teaching:  Faculty Roles and Expectations

Update on Maternal-Fetal Medicine Terminology

OHSU Risk Management - Loss Prevention Management

Neonatal Resuscitation Skill Update


Faculty Development Topics – 2007-2008

Designing OSCE’s

Resident Advising

Researching & Writing a Clinical Inquiry: Selecting a Question and Getting Started

Literature Searching Tips

Working with Students in Your Practice

Researching & Writing a Clinical Inquiry: Study Selection, Appraisal and Synthesis

Precepting in the Electronic Era

Strategic Career Planning

The Evaluation of Evaluation: A Mixed Methods Approach


Faculty Development Topics – 2006-2007

Researching & Writing a Clinical Inquiry: Summarizing Evidence

Enhanced Public Health and Preventive Medicine Training for all Residents

Enhanced Pub Health/Prev Med Training for all Residents

Introduction of DynaMed to DFM Faculty

NIH Unlimited: Core Principles for Putting Forth Your Best Possible Application

Procedures in Family Medicine - What should be core?

Abortion and Reproductive Health Education Project

Core Competencies in Public Health & Preventive Medicine