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The Osler Fellowship: An Apprenticeship for Medical Educators

Steinert, Yvonne PhD; Boudreau, J. Donald MD; Boillat, Miriam MD; Slapcoff, Barry MD; Dawson, David MD; Briggs, Anne; Macdonald, Mary Ellen PhD

doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181da760a
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Purpose: As part of a renewed focus on the physician as healer and professional at McGill University, faculty members were recruited to teach in a four-year, longitudinal doctoring course called Physician Apprenticeship. The goal of this study was to examine the impact of this experience and the accompanying faculty development program on the teachers, known as Osler Fellows.

Method: An interviewer conducted semistructured interviews with 23 clinicians to understand their experiences as Osler Fellows and ascertain their views on how the workshop-based faculty development program, designed to mirror student experiences, differed from other professional development activities.

Results: The notion of connection and reconnection with the profession emerged as a major theme, consisting of four subthemes: the joy of working with students, the desire to make a difference, the process of reflection and renewal, and the building of community. Distinctive aspects of the faculty development program included the value of a common purpose, content that corresponded with core values, a sense of continuity, peer mentorship, and the emergence of a community of practice. Teachers also reported a sense of honor in being associated with Osler's name and a feeling of privilege in accompanying students on their journeys of discovery.

Conclusions: Participating in the Osler Fellowship, an example of situated and work-based learning, resulted in a sense of connection with students, medical education, core professional values, and colleagues. As medical educators continue to develop longitudinal mentoring programs, the authors hope that these findings will offer insights on faculty development, recruitment, and renewal.

Dr. Steinert is associate dean for faculty development, director, Centre for Medical Education, and professor, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Dr. Boudreau is core faculty, Centre for Medical Education, Arnold P. Gold Foundation Associate Professor of Medicine, and associate professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Dr. Boillat is assistant dean for faculty development, member, Centre for Medical Education, and associate professor, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Dr. Slapcoff is course director, Physician Apprenticeship, and assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Dr. Dawson is chair, Physicianship Coordinating Committee, and associate professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Ms. Briggs is administrator, Office of Physicianship Curriculum Development, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Dr. MacDonald is core faculty, Centre for Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, and assistant professor, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Please see the end of this article for information about the authors.

Correspondence should be addressed to Dr. Steinert, Centre for Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Lady Meredith House, 1110 Pine Ave. W., Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1A3; telephone: (514) 398-2698; fax: (514) 398-6649; e-mail: yvonne.steinert@mcgill.ca.

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