Faculty development in the principles, methods and practices of medical education and curriculum development.
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Department Grand Rounds
The GME Office is working with grand rounds coordinators to bring Innovation in Learning Center staff into the clinical venues to provide faculty development for medical educators and instruction to residents as teachers. The first of these workshops is as follows:
Learning Styles Workshop
By Brenda Litchfield, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Professional Studies
Director of Innovation in Learning Center
♦ Identify conditions under which participants learn best.
♦ Define learning styles.
♦ Explain why it is helpful to know what they are.
♦ Discuss guidelines for implementing learning styles with patients, students, and residents.
♦ Complete two short self-analysis scales to identify personal learning styles.
♦ Identify learning and teaching style inventories that can be completed after the session.
December 3, 2015, Thursday at 8:00 AM, Internal Medicine Grand Rounds in the USAMC 2nd Floor Conference Center
December 8, 2015, Tuesday at 12:00 PM, Radiology Grand Rounds in the USAMC Radiology Conference Room, USAMC Room 3333
January 8, 2016, Friday at 7:00 AM, Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds in the Hearin-Chandler Auditorium at Mobile Infirmary
January 14, 2016, Thursday at 5:00 PM, Psychiatry Grand Rounds at 1015 Montlimar Drive, Suite A-210 Mobile, AL 36609
April 15,2016, Friday at 8:00 AM, Pediatric Grand Rounds in the Atlantis Room in CWEB 1 at Children’s and Women’s Hospital
The USA Biomedical Library provides access to the library's book and journal collection and serves as a centralized entry point into the library's numerous research tools and databases including PubMed, Access Medicine, ACP Pier, Cochrane, Clinical Key, Ovid's Primal Pictures, and other authoritative and full text tools only available through the library's paid subscriptions. This link also provides easy access to reference librarians via email, chat, text, or telephone. Most of the library's resources can be accessed remotely with your faculty log in via the proxy server.
Offerings include interview skills, mock interviews, CV review/critique, career services webinars and more.
The Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) staff is available to provide educational presentations designed to improve the academic performance, psychological health and professionalism. Some topics that can be addressed "Alcohol and Drug Use", "Communication Skills", "Conflict Resolution", "Diversity Issues", "Stress Management" and "Suicide Awareness and Prevention."
The Department of Educational Technologies and Services (251-460-6317) coordinates quality improvement of education by providing support and development to College of Medicine faculty. Educational support includes designing and developing instructional materials and methodologies, keeping up-to-date with innovative technological advancements, and developing assessment strategies.
The Innovation in Learning Center provides professional development workshops for all USA faculty members and promotes coordinated professional development initiatives and integrated instructional technologies for the traditional classroom, blended courses, and fully online learning environments. Workshops can be provided for groups at USAMC, USACW, and USAMCI. Contact Joyce Guest to arrange an onsite workshop.
Faculty Development Day (formerly known as PowerPETAL) was a day-long series of teaching workshops offered just before the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Each one-hour session was led by two or three faculty members who either take turns or co-present on a topic of general interest to all teaching faculty. Faculty Development Day has proven to be an excellent opportunity for faculty to find out what others across campus are doing to improve their students' learning. It was also a wonderful way to get inspired for the upcoming semester.
The Office of Continuing Medical Education provides numerous and varying resources for educational and faculty development purposes.
The Office of Faculty and Postdoctoral Affairs provides support for all issues related to College of Medicine faculty and postdoctoral fellows. The Office provides support for faculty appointments and promotions, as well as new faculty orientations and faculty development programs. The Office provides support for the Faculty Committee on Appointments, Promotions and Evaluations (FCAPE), and maintains current resources and policies for the appointments and promotions processes.
USA Online (Sakai, eCampus)
Sakai is the electronic learning management system of the University of South Alabama and provides a framework for making educational materials available for educational programs. It is used for undergraduate and graduate online courses and for augmenting traditional in-classroom courses. It is also used for specific learning environments and programs, such as GME residency and fellowship programs. USA Online hosts educational resources in Sakai-based sites, including modules on "Fatigue", "Stess and Depression", "Substance Abuse", "Disruptive Behavior", and "The Basics of Research". For access to these resources, contact Dr. Joyce Guest.
Sakai 101 is USA’s basic, four-part certification program that represents the minimum competencies required for using Sakai effectively for courses and collaborative projects. The four parts cover the following topics:
Part 1: Getting Started in Sakai
Part 2: Delivering Content in Sakai
Part 3: Assessment in Sakai
Part 4: Communication in Sakai
ACGME Outcome Project: Advancing Education
Interpersonal and Communication Skills (PDF, 97 kb)
To provide educational resources for program directors and other medical educators to teach and assess Interpersonal and Communication Skills.
Practice-Based Learning & Improvement (PDF, 137 kb)
To provide educational resources for program directors and other medical educators to teach or foster and access practice-based Learning & Improvement.
Medical Professionalism (PDF, 109 kb)
To provide educational resources for program directors and other medical educators to aid teaching and assessing professionalism.
Coursera is an education platform, partnering with universities and organizations worldwide and offering courses online for free. Courses cover an array of educational subjects including health education, informational & educational technologies, and professional development for educators.
Faculty Vitae is a Web-based publication of the AAMC's Faculty Development and Leadership (FD&L) section. Its features bring resources for professional development to the desktops of faculty in medical schools and teaching hospitals.
A resource from the Associate of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for publication and dissemination of peer-reviewed works related to medical education; resources for educational scholarship.
MERLOT is a free and open peer reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials and faculty-developed services contributed and used by an international education community.
Additional Web-based Resources
University of South Alabama Health System
Office of Graduate Medical Education