The first Institutional Faculty Development Program (IFDP) was developed and implemented by Hoi Ho, M.D., associate dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, in March 2003. The purpose of this comprehensive program is to provide faculty development for the entire institution upon which each department or academic unit can build a program specific to its particular needs. This program is designed to help early-career and mid-level faculty members enhance their teaching and research skills, develop their professional careers, and achieve academic accomplishments. All early-career and mid-level faculty members are encouraged to attend the program within the first year of their appointment.
Since the inception of our faculty development program, the Office of Faculty Development has obtained institutional funding to provide faculty development at no cost to the faculty members. Department chairs demonstrate their support by providing faculty the release/administrative time necessary to participate in faculty development activities.
The Office of Faculty Development and the Offices of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) coordinate the training sessions to enhance faculty teaching and assessment skills. Numerous award-winning educators, TTUHSC El Paso education specialists, and speakers from regional academic institutions give presentations at the IFDP sessions and grand rounds.