Explore Research Innovation at UCLA Health
There are continuous calls for quality improvement in content, process, and outcomes of medical education across the continuum, from undergraduate training, residency training to Continuing Medical Education (CME). With the goal of continuous improvement of medical education, it is important to have faculty members prepared to take on educational leadership roles to lead these efforts. These faculty members might be called upon to assist their departments in identifying essential learning objectives, designing effective educational experiences, improving assessment of performance, or evaluating the quality and impact of existing programs. Although faculty members have historically taken on this type of leadership without formal preparation, the Medical Education Fellowship is intended to develop needed competencies that such faculty can bring to bear in delivering educational responsibilities and making informed decisions.
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In this one-year program, participating fellows will explore the science and strategies of teaching and learning in medicine to enhance their knowledge and ability to make contributions as future leaders in our educational programs. Certificate program graduates are prepared to be “scholarly teachers,” by bringing the best of the science of teaching and learning to their work. They are hence well positioned to take on leadership roles in medical student teaching, residency/fellowship training and continuing medical education. As part of their fellowship training, participants will be supported in the design, implementation and evaluation of a curricular innovation. The second half of the fellowship provides fellows with a unique set of sessions designed to enhance their teaching excellence.
Faculty: Based on the internationally-acclaimed Stanford Faculty Development Program for Medical Teachers, this series of sessions is led by UCLA DGSOM faculty who were trained as facilitators at the Stanford program and provides fellows with practical, evidence-based approaches to teaching.
Duration: (1) One Year
Time Commitment: Each fellow will be expected to participate in a bi-weekly seminar series and to develop a specific curricular innovation employing evidence-based educational strategies and learning theories, accompanied by rigorous evaluation.
Requirements: The fellowship requires a departmental commitment for the release of 10% of the faculty member's academic time for the period of one year.
This program is ideal for:
Some fellows completing the aforementioned one-year certificate program may choose to apply for a second year of training. In this certificate program, fellows will learn theories and principles of measurement, acquire rigorous research methodology in medical education, engage in a mentored scholarly project related to their curricular innovation, and obtain consultation from their fellow colleagues for new ideas to refine and improve their projects.
Faculty: Fellows are supported and mentored by faculty from DGSOM and from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies to help them develop and implement their research project. The goal of the second year is to support emerging scholars in medical education to yield publication-ready, peer-reviewed scholarly work.
Requirements: Fellows in the second-year program will be expected to have 20% protected time from their Department or Division for participating in the program
NOTE: This program has limited enrollment, typically 6 per year.