Faculty Development


Faculty development is an ongoing process in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Faculty enter the department with varying skill sets based on previous training and experience, so an individualized plan is needed for each person. The individual development plan will vary for a newly graduated resident, an established researcher, or a physician returning to academics from a patient care practice.

Four components of faculty development

We have four main components:

Clinical care

Clinical care development is led by the program directors at each unit.

Focused education and clinical experiences are used to round out the physician’s skill set and integrate into the department transformation processes.

The Medical School and University of Minnesota offer opportunities to develop individualized training for clinical evaluation and procedural skills. Continuing medical education opportunities are also available and open to faculty physicians and community physicians.


Teaching skills are introduced in the Teaching, Evaluation, and Curriculum for Healthcare Professionals (TEACH) Program. It is a six-month workshop that includes the following topics:

  • Conducting needs assessments
  • Applying educational theory to teaching, including selecting teaching strategies
  • Writing goals and objectives
  • Developing learner and program evaluations
  • Small and large group teaching strategies
  • Strategies for effective and efficient outpatient and inpatient teaching

The sessions are a mixture of lecture, discussion, group activities, and facilitated curriculum development time. A project is required of each attendee and participants are expected create a formal curriculum based on their interests or educational needs.

Scholarship and publication

The mix of research and scholarship will vary among faculty. Some will engage more in research while others more in scholarship. Our services and resources serve both.

Collaborative Scholarship Intensive (CSI)

CSI is a six-month workshop that comprehensively addresses skill development in the publications arena. It's designed to help faculty become more knowledgeable and skilled in the following areas:

  • Partnering with family medicine research resources
  • Managing and completing all components of a research project
  • Writing efficiency
  • Initiating and managing collaborative work with colleagues
  • Mentoring residents, medical students, and junior faculty on research projects
  • Providing and responding to peer reviews
  • Disseminating work through presenting and publishing

Family medicine publishing and scholarship support

Support is provided to assist our faculty with process and assistance questions and designed to help faculty in the following ways:

  • Move forward with scholarship and research
  • Achieve recognition in academic setting
  • Feel comfortable in the research and scholarship aspects of faculty life
  • Increase scholarly activity by faculty
  • Increase faculty satisfaction with the scholarly aspects of their work
  • Improve faculty life and satisfaction in academic role
  • Improve national standing and reputation of the department

More resources from the Medical School


Leadership training for family medicine faculty is available through the Academic Health Center Emerging Leaders Program, which is a three-year cohort curriculum program taught by senior leaders in the Medical School.

Peer consultation

We have Ekstasis, which is a peer consultation model for educators. It has a reflective learning environment and provides a venue for group building among peers.

For new faculty

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine offers resources and tips for new faculty.