Faculty Development Policy for Faculty, Residents, and Other Instructors in the School of Medicine
- To ensure that all instructors teaching and assessing medical students, whether or not they have a faculty appointment, have received sufficient orientation and faculty development to successfully perform their teaching, supervising, and/or assessment responsibilities.
- To ensure compliance with LCME Standards 6.1 and 9.1.
Compliance with this policy extends to all members of the academic community.
Medical students will be taught, supervised, and assessed by a variety of teachers throughout the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine (SOM) curriculum. Each learning experience will have its own set of learning objectives, teaching methods, and assessment methods. All of these will be linked to the School of Medicine General Competencies and Educational Program Objectives.
It is critical that teaching and assessment that takes place, regardless of who is doing the teaching/assessing, is completed in a manner that moves the student towards those goals in an appropriate, professional, and safe fashion. Therefore, all instructors need to know the objectives of the teaching/assessment activity and how to successfully achieve them.
It is the responsibility of the SOM to ensure that this takes place, monitor all components of the curriculum for compliance with this policy, and to support all teachers, faculty, and Course/Clerkship Directors in achieving this goal.
The Office of Medical Education, including the Assistant Dean of Faculty Development, the Instructional Designer/Education Specialist, the Director of Assessment, the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education, and the Associate Dean of Medical Education will serve as resources to support faculty, residents, other instructors as well as Course/Clerkship/Advanced Clinical Rotation (ACR) Directors in these endeavors.
- At least annually, all instructors, regardless of faculty appointment status, will be given, with the opportunity to review, discuss, and ask questions:
- The SOM Educational Program Objectives
- A curricular update from the Dean and the Office of Medical Education
- A curricular update from the Course/Clerkship/ACR Director in the course/clerkship/ACR they teach, supervise and/or assess medical students
- Prior to teaching/assessing, all instructors, regardless of faculty appointment status, will be given, with the opportunity to review, discuss, and ask questions:
- The course/clerkship and session learning objectives, linked to the relevant SOM Educational Program Objectives, as appropriate
- Relevant instruction on the teaching/assessing activity
- Relevant faculty development materials (e.g., faculty guide, preceptor evaluation guide, etc.)
- The opportunity to practice and/or observe the teaching/assessing activity, as appropriate
- General orientation to SOM policies and procedures, as appropriate
- All residents who teach and/or assess medical students will:
- Receive the training/information described above
- Participate in Resident-as-Teacher training at least once
- Participate in any additional faculty development activities needed to successfully teach, supervise, and/or assess medical students, as deemed appropriate by their Residency Director and/or the Course/Clerkship/ACR Director
- Annually, Residency Directors at residency sites where students rotate for required clerkships will be required to document that all residents who supervise, teach, or assess medical students:
- Participated in the Resident-as-Teacher program, as appropriate
- Received the School of Medicine General Competencies and Educational Program Objectives mapped to the clerkship-specific learning objectives
- Received the clerkship’s annual curricular updates information
- Course/Clerkship/ACR Directors will be responsible for ensure all of the above occurs for instructors in their course/clerkship
Human Dimension and other Partners
- The requirements above apply to all persons who evaluate students within the Human Dimension or other 360 Degree evaluations, as appropriate Learning Objectives
- Family members, community members and professionals, and other health professionals with whom the students work will receive the Human Dimension or other course/clerkship learning objectives, and will have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the objectives – with the relevant Course/Clerkship Director or faculty
- Family members, community members and professionals, and other health professionals with whom the students work may complete assessments of the students
- Before completing formal assessment of the student, individuals must receive and have the opportunity to discuss the Human Dimension or other course/clerkship learning objectives and the methods of assessment
- For community and family members, these materials will be reduced in length, (requiring no more than 10 minutes to read aloud) and be written at a grade six level. The HD mentor, Course/Clerkship Director, or other appropriate faculty member will offer to read it to the community family members
This policy was approved by the Medical Education Committee on July 1, 2018.
July 1, 2018