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January 1993

Developing Community Faculty: Principles, Practice, and Evaluation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.

Am J Dis Child. 1993;147(1):54-59. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1993.02160250051016

• Medical education is increasingly emphasizing outpatient experiences in community settings, and, concurrently, the development and assessment of the teaching skills of community faculty. These skills can be addressed through a faculty development program focusing on (1) issues relevant to community education, (2) adult learning principles, and (3) logistics that facilitate the participation of community medical faculty. Using a series of 1- to 3-day seminars, the program described focused on clinical precepting and brief presentations, used interactional teaching and practicums, and actively involved participants in the evaluation and planning of the seminars. Evaluation of the program suggested that it was successful in increasing participants' knowledge and application of educational principles taught. Such programs can result in the development of an effective and potentially abundant resource of faculty members for the medical education of students and residents.

(AJDC. 1993;147:49-53)