The first institutional faculty development course (FDC) was developed and implemented by Hoi Ho, M.D., associate dean of the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development in March 2003. The purpose of this program is to provide a basic course of faculty development for the entire institution upon which each department or academic unit can build a program that is specific to its particular needs and those of its faculty. The FDC is designed to help junior and mid-level faculty members enhance their teaching skills, develop their professional careers, and achieve academic accomplishments. All new junior and mid-level faculty members are encouraged to attend the course within the first year of their appointment. This 90-hour (2 hours/week) comprehensive course has been successful in providing excellent opportunities for the faculty to acquire and expand their skills as educators and scholars.
Since the inception of the faculty development program, the office of faculty affairs and development has obtained funding from the institution to provide FDCs at no cost to the faculty member (maximum 20 faculty members per course). Department chairs have demonstrated their support by providing faculty the release time necessary to participate.
The Office of Faculty Affairs and the Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) coordinate the training sessions for enhancing the faculty teaching and assessment skills. Several award winning educators, education specialists of the PLFSOM and speakers from other academic institutions have given presentations at the FDC and/or CME grand rounds.
Organizational Chart of the Office of Faculty Development