Teaching and Curriculum Development

Faculty development in the principles, methods and practices of medical education and curriculum development.

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Faculty Development at USA

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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 on-site workshop. Selected workshops are listed below.


Online Faculty Development

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Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take.

Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education

Course Description: "This course provides those involved in educating members of the health professions an asynchronous, interdisciplinary, and interactive way to obtain, expand, and improve their teaching skills. These skills can then be applied within their own professional context, with a variety of learners, extending across many stages.”

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The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is devoted to advancing quality online learning by providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world.

Creating Concept Maps

Course Description: "Concept mapping is a research-supported strategy for improving online learning effectiveness. Concept mapping is not only a learning tool, but also can be used for teaching and assessment. In this workshop you will explore some of the many ways you can use concept maps in various phases of the teaching and learning cycle."

Designing a Flipped Classroom

Course Description: "Flipped learning is a model of teaching in which the more passive learning activities such as watching lectures, happen outside of the classroom, saving more in-person class time for interactive activities. Flipping the classroom is currently one of the most popular trends in education at all levels! In this workshop, you will explore different flipped design models and the educational benefits of the flipped design. You will gain a deeper understanding of how to implement this strategy into your own teaching

Strategies for Supporting and Advising Students

Course Description: Online and blended education programs create additional opportunities, challenges and roles for Student Services. How are your students doing in their online and blended courses? What challenges are they facing? As campuses reach out to students through new web interfaces, technologies, and portals, such services also improve access for face-to-face students. This workshop addresses these new roles and provides best practices, sustainable solutions, and transformations made possible through technology for student advising and support.”

Managing Faculty Workload

Course Description: "While online faculty value the flexibility of online teaching, the reality of the 24/7 classroom can be daunting in terms of faculty workload and faculty burnout. In this workshop, you will explore research-based strategies to assist faculty in managing their time more effectively and reducing the risk of burnout. You will review practical workload management tips and tools for both new and veteran faculty. Finally, you will develop a workload management plan that will help improve the online faculty experience.”


Resources at USA


The USA Biomedical Library provides free online access to the following textbooks:

Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency

Molly Cooke, David M. Irby, and Bridget C. O'Brien, 2010
Full download available through the USA Biomedical Library via Ebrary Academic Complete

Emerging from a study of physician education by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Educating Physicians calls for a major overhaul of the present approach to preparing doctors for their careers. The text addresses key issues for the future of the field and takes a comprehensive look at the most pressing concerns in physician education today. Like the Carnegie Foundation's revolutionizing Flexner Report of 1910, Educating Physicians is destined to change the way administrators and faculty in medical schools and programs prepare their physicians for the future.

Intuition and Metacognition in Medical Education: Keys to Developing Expertise

Mark Quirk, 2006
Full download available through the USA Biomedical Library via Ebrary Academic Complete

From Mark Quirk, recipient of the 2006 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine's Excellence in Education award, comes the latest on improving medical education. In this volume, Quirk explores metacognition, the idea that we can think about the way we or other people think, and thus gain a better understanding of ourselves, our own cognitive processes, and the patients we seek to help.

Understanding Medical Education: Evidence, Theory and Practice

Tim Swanwick, 2010
Full download available through the USA Biomedical Library via Ebrary Academic Complete

In this new and extensively updated second edition, the Association for the Study of Medical Education presents a complete and authoritative guide to medical education. Written by leading experts in the field, Understanding Medical Education provides a comprehensive resource of the theoretical and academic bases to modern medical education practice. This authoritative and accessible reference is designed to meet the needs of all those working in medical education from undergraduate education through postgraduate training to continuing professional development. As well as providing practical guidance for clinicians, teachers and researchers, Understanding Medical Education will prove an invaluable resource to those studying at certificate, diploma or masters level and a first 'port-of-call' for anyone engaged in medical education as an academic discipline.

Selected Chapters

The USA Biomedical Library provides free online access to the following textbook chapters:

Palliative Medicine, First Edition

Walsh, Declan, MD, 2009

Miller's Anesthesia, Eighth Edition

Miller, Ronald D., MD, MS, 2015



The USA Biomedical Library provides free online access to the following journals:

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions

Official journal of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, and the Council on CME, the Association for Hospital Medical Education.



Online Resources


A resource from the Associate of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for publication and dissemination of peer-reviewed works related to medical education and resources for educational scholarship.

Resident-as-Teacher Workshop

"Residents educate daily, but feel unprepared to do so. Resident-as-teacher courses have been widely published about, but can be challenging to implement due to lack of protected time for residents and limited funding to compensate faculty and provide resources. Many of the available resources online are courses that take place over several days or weeks. The Resident-as-Teacher Workshop described here can be easily implemented using the instructor’s guide and the attached resources, particularly by a faculty member with an engaging teaching style who is interested in medical education. It can be delivered in smaller portions or as one extended session, making it easy to deliver in a variety of settings, from noon conference to academic half day."


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