Health Professions Education Scholarship

TSP 007: Fostering Humanism and Professionalism

We are very happy to announce a new faculty development opportunity for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. We are part of a consortium of 19 medical schools that will each implement a year-long faculty development program entitled “Faculty Development to Foster Humanism and Professionalism.” The pilot study, which was published in Academic Medicine, (Branch, et al, vol 84 Jan 2009, pp 117-126) demonstrated that program participants were perceived by trainees as significantly better humanistic teachers and role models compared to a group of teachers in the control group. We will lead this program within the faculty with guest facilitators for some sessions.

The Fostering Humanism and Professionalism faculty development program will run from October through June with twice monthly 2-hour sessions. This is a unique opportunity to build a network of faculty trained in the area of humanism and professionalism. It is consistent with the Faculty’s mission to foster excellence in education by providing expertise and innovation in educator development. We would like to include 8-12 faculty members from our core clinical teaching departments of family medicine, medicine, surgery, pediatrics, Ob/Gyn, psychiatry, surgery, and emergency medicine to help ensure representation among a broad range of disciplines. However, any clinical faculty member can apply.

We're asking department chairs and residency program directors to recommend one or two faculty members from their departments/programs who teach in the clinical setting, have been on the faculty for at least two years, and will be given the time to participate. Deadline for nominations has not been determined. 

We truly believe that this exceptional program, focusing on teaching and the work-life balance of our clinical faculty will have a significant positive impact on your program.

We look forward to having one of your faculty members participate in this program.