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The Academic Health Center Coming of Age: Helping Faculty Become Better Teachers and Agents of Educational Change

Hatem, Charles J. MD; Lown, Beth A. MD; Newman, Lori R. MA

doi: 10.1097/01.ACM.0000242490.56586.64
Medical Education Fellowships

There is a growing appreciation of the need for educational faculty development within medical education. The authors describe the establishment and subsequent expansion of one such fellowship in medical education that arose from the cooperative efforts of Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Mount Auburn Hospital. Three resultant fellowships are outlined that share the common goals of enhancing the skills of the faculty as educators, providing an opportunity to conduct scholarly educational research, supporting the fellows as change agents, and fostering the creation of a supportive community dedicated to enhancing the field of medical education. Curricular structure and content are outlined as well as current approaches to curricular and programmatic evaluation. The fellowships have been well received and are widely perceived as transformative for the faculty, many of whom have assumed increased roles of organizational and educational leadership. Lastly, future directions for these fellowships are presented.

Dr. Hatem is director, The Academy Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard Medical School; Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, Shapiro Institute for Education and Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; director of medical education, Mount Auburn Hospital; and Harold Amos Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Lown is associate director, Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, Shapiro Institute for Education and Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; director of faculty development, Department of Medicine, Mount Auburn Hospital; and assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Ms. Newman is assistant director, Faculty Programs, Shapiro Institute for Education and Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.

Correspondence should be addressed to Charles J. Hatem, MD, Mount Auburn Hospital, 330 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138; e-mail: (chatem@mah.harvard.edu).

© 2006 Association of American Medical Colleges