Faculty Development SIG

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The APA Faculty Development Special Interest Group
(FacDevSIG) exists to provide a professional home for pediatric medical educators interested in faculty development. Our focus is on the members' roles as faculty developers, not merely the members' own personal faculty development.

Creating Individual Faculty Development Plan

APA Educational Scholars Program

The mission of the APA Educational Scholars Program is to assist the membership in developing themselves as productive, advancing and fulfilled faculty members and to increase the quality, status and visibility of pediatric educators in academia.

Six-Domains of Faculty Development.

The career development needs of most academic pediatric faculty members fall into six domains. For each domain, we have provided a set of common faculty development goals. We recommend that APA members review and adapt the goal sets to create their own plans for personal career development.

Annual Report

Co-chairs: Natalie Burman, Naval Medical Center San Diego; Chris Peltier, Cincinnati Children's; Priti Bhansali, Children's National

SIG purpose/mission: To provide a professional home for pediatric medical educators interested in faculty development. Our focus is on the members' roles as faculty developers, not merely the members' own personal faculty development.

Current SIG goals:

  1. Expand our membership by providing an academic home for faculty developers and recruiting interested trainees and junior faculty interested in faculty development and medical education
  2. Create collaboration opportunities for scholarly work
  3. Expand our repository for key references

Annual summary:
We also are proud to have selected two new SIG Co-Chairs (Drs. Peltier and Bhansali) from an outstanding applicant pool. We had an engaging Faculty Development SIG Session at PAS 2017 discussing common challenges in faculty development that impact different academic settings. We had five SIG members present faculty development innovations in small groups followed by discussion. As a large group, we tackled three challenging questions faced by many faculty developers to implement new faculty development innovations, addressing the faculty development needs across institutional barriers, and how to keep current as a faculty developer. Our attendance was 24, stable over the two PAS meetings. The feedback from the attendees was very positive and evidence of great engagement from the membership. There were several collaborative discussions on potential future directions.

Other groups that work in your area of interest: Other SIGs we have considered collaborating with in the future include Evidence-Based Medicine, Medical Student Education and Teaching in Community Settings.

January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year from the Faculty Development SIG! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that you are surviving the onslaught of influenza and winter weather many have been dealing with.

We have many exciting developments and upcoming opportunities to share with you. First, this year's Faculty Development SIG at the May PAS meeting in Toronto will be held on Tuesday, May 8 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. The SIG meeting will focus on what it means to be a Clinician Educator and how to successfully navigate the promotion process. This session will include topics of mentoring, sponsorship, building an educators' portfolio, and challenges unique to the clinician educator in a traditional academic setting. Our interactive session will include a facilitated discussion with a panel of senior SIG mentors with career foci in advocacy, teaching, and educational research who will describe their career paths, stories of success and pitfalls, and answer moderated questions from the audience. Then we will have a brief review of the components in an Educator's Portfolio and how it augments and differs from the Curriculum Vitae. Finally, participants will break into smaller groups based on their individual interests to have more personalized mentoring with senior SIG members. This dedicated time can be utilized to collaboratively develop your Educator Portfolio whether you are just beginning a portfolio or nearing submission for your upcoming promotion package. This session will allow for mentoring and coaching of all participants from trainees to junior and mid-career faculty by seasoned faculty with successful careers as Clinician Educators. The final part of the program will be an open forum for discussion of future directions of our SIG based on our recent needs assessment survey including future opportunities to collaborate on scholarly work, development of workshops for future academic meetings, and ongoing ways to engage in mentorship. More details to follow in the coming weeks. If you have a project or idea for collaboration that you would like to share at the SIG meeting, email us by March 31 with a brief synopsis.

Second, we are excited to announce that Dr. Lewis First has agreed to be our SIG mentor. Dr. First is a pediatric hospitalist at the University of Vermont Children's Hospital and a Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Dr. First also serves as the Chief of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont Children's Hospital and is Editor of Pediatrics, the official journal of the AAP. He is a master educator and has a strong passion for faculty development. We are honored that he has agreed to mentor our SIG. If we are lucky, he may even sing a song at our SIG meeting.

Finally, we would like to solicit faculty development resources that we can post on our SIG webpage to share with other members. If you have a faculty development resource that you would like to share, please submit it to us for review.

Looking forward to seeing all of you this Spring in Toronto!

Priti Bhansali, MD, MEd

Natalie Burman, DO, MA

Chris Peltier, MD, FAAP

Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Priti Bhansali, MD, MEd
8379 Scarlet Glen Court
Millersville, MD 21108
Phone: (860) 833-3931

Natalie Burman, DO, MA
34800 Bob Wilson Drive
San Diego, CA 92134
Phone: (619) 532-6067

Chris Peltier, MD
4371 Ferguson Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45245
Phone: (513) 752-3650

Current SIG Mentor:

Lewis First, MD
Pediatrics - E203 Given
Burlington, VT 05405-0068
Phone: (802) 656-0027




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