Educational Faculty Development


We strive to provide faculty educators with the knowledge and skills to best teach our medical students in the classroom and at the bedside.

The Program in Educational Faculty Development at AMS recognizes and supports our faculty in their role as educators. We strive to provide faculty educators with the knowledge and skills to best teach our medical students in the classroom and at the bedside. The ultimate goal of the Program is to enhance student learning and thus impact the quality of patient care.

The Program also seeks to provide faculty with a community of educators with, and from whom they can learn. We utilize our internal resources in the form of our talented faculty educators who share their expertise with colleagues, and provide a central infrastructure for faculty development across the division and our clinical departments.

We would appreciate feedback on your educational needs. Please complete this quick survey to let us know what topics you would most like to see addressed.

For more opportunities, please visit the Faculty Professional Development portal.

By-Request Sessions on Teaching and Learning

The Office of Faculty Professional Development is able to provide the below series of workshops on teaching and learning by-request.

Presentation Basics: Love 'em or hate 'em, your basic didactic presentation isn't going anywhere. If you've been asked to give a lecture or talk, or if you're interested in improving talks that you have already developed, this workshop is for you. We will discuss the basics of high-quality didactics- how to communicate your content, what visuals to include (or delete), and how to make the most of your presentation style.

Facilitating Active Learning in all Kinds of Teaching: The facilitation of active learning on the part of our medical students and residents is the main function of all medical educators. The more learners are asked to recall, expand, prioritize, summarize, differentiate, and connect (insert additional active verbs here!), the deeper their understanding will be. This workshop will review how to incorporate active learning into various kinds of instructional practice, and will provide concrete, easy to implement tips for educators.

Creating a Positive Learning Environment Across all Participants: Generational differences, changes in technology, and the pressures inherent in our health care systems can result in faculty burnout, learner mistreatment, and a less than optimal working and learning environment for everyone concerned. Utilizing a series of video vignettes developed by the University of Vermont Health Network, this discussion-based workshop is designed to help us create positive learning environments for all participants- students, residents and faculty.

Departments or other groups can request these workshops as in-person or live virtual sessions by filling out this form. Individuals interested in accessing pre-recorded workshops can view them on the CME website.

Certificate of Participation

Individuals attending five of the Core Series sessions within a three-year time frame will receive a Certificate of Participation from the Program in Educational Faculty Development.

Core Series:  The Core Series consists of eight large-group presentations on common topics within medical education. Designed specifically for medical educators, these sessions are open to all faculty, residents and community preceptors. The Core Series will be offered on an annual basis. CME credits for each session are available to participants.

The Core Series includes sessions on each of the following topics:

  • Presentation and lecturing skills
  • Small group facilitation
  • Using technology in teaching
  • Clinical teaching
  • Teaching the challenging learner
  • Evaluation and effective feedback 
  • Mentoring and advising
  • Inclusive teaching

Certificates of Participation can be included as "additional education/training" as part of promotions materials. 

Advanced Medical Education Training

Individuals who achieve a Certificate of Participation and complete an additional six hours of programming that is focused on instructional skill-building (within a total frame of five years), and complete an Observation and Feedback session, will be designated as having completed Advanced Medical Education Training. The additional six hours of programming may be comprised of Core Series workshops, or training provided by outside professional organizations or conferences. Documentation of participation in outside programming must be submitted to the Program in Educational Faculty Development.

Observation and Feedback:  Interested faculty and residents can sign up for an observation of their teaching by a Program consultant. Consultants provide confidential feedback on communications skills, organization of materials, presentation style and use of technology.

Advanced Medical Education Training can be included as “additional education/training” as part of promotions materials.

Medical Education Journal Club

The Medical Education Journal Club is designed to help create a community of educators who are versed in the most current literature regarding teaching and learning, curriculum development, and evaluation. Currently being piloted with staff and faculty directly involved in the core curriculum of Alpert Medical School, the Journal Club meets monthly to review a particular article (distributed ahead of time), and to discuss its application to medical education here at AMS.

If you are interested in joining the Medical Education Journal Club, please contact Emily Green for more information.