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Supplemental Teaching Opportunities

Fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one supplemental teaching activity as part of their involvement in the FACE Program.  These activities will allow fellows the opportunity to test and hone their teaching skills during a time when they are actively reflecting upon and learning about approaches to teaching through the FACE Program.  Participating in supplemental teaching activities will also provide FACE fellows with formal teaching evaluations from learners that are an important component of any teaching portfolio.

1. Patient Based Clinical Reasoning
Activity Description:  Clinician facilitators meet with a group of 3-4 M2/PA2 students 5 times during the semester in sessions that are both small group experiences as well as interactive patient encounters. During the encounters, students will meet with patients (hospitalized, simulated, and volunteer) provided by the program to obtain a history and perform a physical exam.  Facilitators will provide general oversight, assisting students in refining their history taking and physical exam skills.  After the patient experience, students will prepare a case summary, identify a problem list and delineate an assessment and plan which is presented to the group.  Facilitators assist students in presenting coherent and focused oral presentations, critique skills in writing a complete history and facilitate developing skills in integrating patient information for problem-solving.

Faculty Responsibility:  Facilitators will observe students during patient encounters to identify specific areas for improvement, assist them in improving their skills, provide feedback on oral and written presentations, and assist students in developing clinical reasoning skills.  Faculty attend 21 hours of small group sessions (including the final feedback session), a 1-hour orientation/training session, plus complete approximately 8 hours of reviewing student materials outside of the group session time for a total of 30 contact hours.

2. Division Specific Teaching
Divisional Fellowship Directors should provide (and encourage) teaching opportunities for their fellows participating in the FACE Program. Fellowship Directors should expect the fellow to lead seminars, give lectures, present research findings, or find other opportunities to practice teaching and presentation skills.

3. Educational Research or Curriculum Development Project
Each fellow has the option to devote substantial time to the development and/or implementation of an educational project.  Fellows may consider two options for this project:

Participating in a Faculty-Led Educational Research Project
Several faculty members in the Department of Medicine have or will start educational research projects.  Fellows will learn about conducting educational research by working with faculty on various aspects of a research project (design, data collection, analysis, and write-up).  Participation in a research project will result in the opportunity to present at a professional meeting and/or co-author a publication.

Curriculum Development
FACE Program faculty will guide fellows through a stepwise process to develop an exportable curriculum on a topic of the fellow’s choice.  Fellows will learn to conduct a needs assessment, write goals and objectives, and choose educational strategies and evaluation strategies.  Participation in this activity will result in a curriculum that can be part of the fellows teaching portfolio and be available to be implemented at their current or future academic institution.