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Making It Work: The Evolution of a Medical Educational Fellowship Program

Searle, Nancy S. EdD; Thompson, Britta M. PhD; Perkowski, Linda C. PhD

doi: 10.1097/01.ACM.0000242474.90005.14
Medical Education Fellowships

Longitudinal programs to enhance the educational skills of medical school faculty are present in many medical schools and academic health centers. Multiinstitutional programs are less common. Three health professions schools, Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and The University of Texas Dental Branch have jointly sponsored the Educational Scholars Fellowship Program (ESFP) since 2003. The evolution of this program, from one that addressed the faculty educator development needs of one medical school in the mid-1990s to a more flexible model that includes faculty and fellows from three institutions, reflects the changing needs of faculty as well as those of other health professions schools. The ESFP’s strengths lie in the effective use of resources across three schools; the opportunity for an interinstitutional and interdisciplinary collaborative network; the flexibility of the curriculum offerings; and the positive impact on fellows’ knowledge, skills and leadership in medical and dental education. The evolution of this program represents a cost-effective and educationally sound response to the changing needs of faculty educators.

Dr. Searle is program director for faculty development and ambulatory education, Office of Curriculum, Baylor College of Medicine, and assistant professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Dr. Thompson is program evaluation specialist, Office of Curriculum, Baylor College of Medicine, and assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Dr. Perkowski is associate dean for curriculum and evaluation, associate professor of family medicine and community health, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was formerly director, Office of Educational Programs, and assistant professor of family and community medicine, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas.

Correspondence should be addressed to Nancy S. Searle, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Room M301, Houston, TX 77030; e-mail: (nsearle@bcm.edu).

© 2006 Association of American Medical Colleges