Human Dynamics

Faculty development in teaching professionalism, ethics, cultural competence, interprofessional teamwork, interpersonal relationships with healthcare professionals, and humanism. 

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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 onsite workshop. Selected workshops are listed below.

Safe Zone Training

The Safe Zone training encourages diversity across the institutional spectrum and provides an opportunity for University members to students who may face equity issues.  Safe Zone is one aspect of an ongoing effort make the USA campus a safer place for LGBTQ students. The goal of the Safe Zone training is to help participants begin to develop the knowledge and skills to be an ally for LGBTQ students. Safe Zone participants and Allies Unlimited members are not necessarily LGBTQ; they may be simply people who wish to serve as allies and to offer support and create a positive environment.

The Safe Zone training will include a presentation of information about LGBTQ college students and a Q&A panel of individuals who identify as LGBTQ to help you enhance your knowledge about LGBTQ students’ experiences at USA. There will be a focus on skill-building that will provide a basis of the skills necessary to respond to homophobia, heterosexism, and discrimination on campus.  Finally, participants will leave with knowledge of local resources for LGBTQ students.


Online Faculty Development


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Guinea Pigs, Heroes & Desperate Patients: The History & Ethics of Human Research

Course Description: "Learn about the ethical issues that arise when conducting human subjects research, as well as the history that grounds policies and debates in this area of biomedicine." 

Health Leadership

Course Description: "In this course, we explore what it means to be a leader in the context of healthcare. How is it different to leadership in other industries? What are the particular skills and attitudes leaders need to have to navigate the complexity of healthcare leadership?"

Global Health and Humanitarianism

Course Description: "Is humanitarianism an effective, justifiable and sustainable response to ill-health, inequality, injustice and war?" 

Health Literacy and Communication for Health Professionals

Course Description: "In the United States, two-thirds of the population read at an eight-grade level or below. When it comes to health information, most Americans have the ability to read and write at the fifth-grade level. This inter-professional course aims to give health professionals the tools needed to improve upon their health literacy and communication skills."

Diversity 3.0 Learning Series (AAMC Program)

Resources at USA


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

50 Activities for Achieving Cultural Competence

Jonamay Lambert, Selma Myers, and George Simons, 2009

The text contains 50 training activities and self-development exercises to prepare and develop better understanding of cross-cultural communication. Complied by a team of experts from around the world, these ready-to-use activities have been tested and refined for a wide variety of international businesses and organizations. The activities prepare people in the United States to work with foreign nationals and prepare foreign nationals to work in the United States.

Interprofessional Teamwork in Health and Social Care

Scott Reeves, Simon Lewin, and Sherry Espin, June 2010

This book is part of a series entitled Promoting Partnership for Health published in association with the UK Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE). The series explores partnership for health from policy, practice and educational perspectives. While strongly advocating the imperative driving collaboration in healthcare, it adopts a pragmatic approach. Far from accepting established ideas and approaches, the series alerts readers to the pitfalls and ways to avoid them.

Professionalism in Healthcare

Sherry Makely, PhD, RT, 2009

An engaging, conversational text that promotes understanding of common professional standards that all healthcare workers need to provide excellent care and service. The text brings together complete coverage of crucial “soft skills”, such as work ethic, character, relationships, teamwork, communication and etiquette, honesty, cultural competence, personal image, personal health and wellness, and more. It gives the reader a clearer understanding of where they fit in the changing healthcare system, why patient satisfaction is more important than ever, how to behave with the professionalism that both employers and patients demand, and how to move forward in their own careers more rapidly. 

Reconstructing Medical Practice: Engagement, Professionalism, and Critical Relationships in Health Care

by Christine Jorm, 2013

Reconstructing Medical Practice examines how doctors see health care and their place in it, why they remain in medicine and why they are limited in their ability to lead change in the current system. Doctors are beset by doubts and feel rejected by systems where they should be leaders - some see their role as 'flog[ging] a derelict system to get the last breath of workability out ...for their patients'. Reconstructing Medical Practice concludes that regulation, despite its recent proliferation, is a clumsy and limited approach to ensuring good care. It presents original and much-needed ideas for ways to rebuild the critical relationship between doctors and the system. By better valuing communicative interactions and workplace relationships, safe and satisfying medical practice can be reconstructed.


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

Cultural Competence in Hospital Settings: Communication and Culture

Jada Bussey-Jones MD, Inginia Genao MD and William T. Branch MD, 2007
Comprehensive Hospital Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach, Chapter 3, 15-19

In the exciting and growing field of hospital medicine, you're as concerned with the efficient management of your unit as you are the effective care of your patients. This multimedia Expert Consult title is your ideal new clinical reference on both print and online! Nationally recognized experts equip you with practical, actionable guidance on all of the challenges you face every day-making it easier for you to provide optimal care for every patient.

Ethical Considerations in Managing Critically Ill Patients

Marion Danis, Emily Bellavance and Henry Silverman, 2014
Critical Care Medicine: Principles of Diagnosis and Management in the Adult, 71, 1251-1270. e4

Take the best possible care of adult critical care patients with Critical Care Medicine: Principles of Diagnosis and Management in the Adult! Editors Dr. Joseph Parrillo and Dr. Phillip Dellinger, two of the most respected names in critical care medicine, combine their extensive knowledge with that of hundreds of top authorities in the field to bring you expert, state-of-the-art answers to any clinical question you may face in the intensive care unit.

Multiculturalism and Care Delivery

Thea James, Edward Bernstein and Judith Bernstein, 2014
Rosen's Emergency Medicine, e23-e32

Rely on Rosen's Emergency Medicine for the latest answers on every facet of emergency medicine practice. For decades, this medical reference book has set the standard in emergency medicine, offering unparalleled comprehensiveness, clarity, and authority - to help you put the latest and best knowledge to work for your patients in the ER.


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

Patient Education and Counseling

Patient Education and Counseling is an interdisciplinary, international journal for patient education and health promotion researchers, managers and clinicians.



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.

ePortfolio Faculty Development Workshop: Using a Sociocultural Medicine Curriculum as an Example (MedEd Portal)


This packet provides comprehensive guidelines for conducting a multi-stage faculty development program for the implementation of an ePortfolio. These sessions provide faculty with the opportunity to develop their assessment skills and experience hands-on training for providing quality feedback through mentored reflection.

Using Multimedia in Faculty Development on Multicultural Education: Scenes from the Movie "Crash"  (MedEd Portal)


This workshop is designed to last approximately 1.5 hours and will assist faculty in facilitating discussions on race, gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic diversity. Upon viewing four different scenes from the Academy Award-winning movie "Crash", participants will engage in active discussion sessions in which they reflect on their impressions of the actors, situations and themes of each scene. Participants will be asked to discuss the contentious and emotional issues that had created the situation in each scene as the basis for exploration of their own personal and professional experiences and identities.


MERLOT is a free, open, peer-reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials and faculty-developed services, contributed and used by an international education community.

Working Towards Justice in Medical Education: A Hedgehog's View

Published on YouTube on Apr 26, 2013

Event Date: 4-17-13
Arno K. Kumagai, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Education
University of Michigan Medical School


  • To compare the different ways of knowing necessary in the education of physicians; in particular, to explore a unified "hedgehoggian" approach to teaching and learning in the areas of medicine of social or societal significance
  • To critically assess the concept of competencies when applied to socially relevant areas of medicine
  • To discuss the use of narratives, dialogues, reflective writing and creative art in teaching, learning and assessment in these areas.


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