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Faculty Development

Through Faculty Development, we:

  • Provide opportunities for faculty to improve didactic and clinical teaching skills;
  • Contribute to the cultivation of skills in educational scholarship;
  • Facilitate networking and mentoring relationships among faculty;
  • Attend to the holistic development of faculty by offering training in leadership development, work/life integration, and more!

New Faculty Orientation: Through orientation, faculty develop a deeper understanding of our campus history, current initiatives, resources, and opportunities for growth and collaboration. Orientation is offered virtually through the Blackboard learning management system and may be completed at any time. Once a year, new faculty are invited to a reception to meet key university personnel. Contact the Office for more information.

Medical Education Intensive: Offered annually, the two-afternoon Medical Education Intensive introduces faculty to key teaching strategies in undergraduate and graduate medical education. Topics include developing didactic curriculum, giving feedback, coaching and mentoring, clinical assessment, teaching medical procedures, and more! Contact the Office for upcoming dates.

Teaching for Excellence: Faculty who complete the Medical Education Intensive or the Residents as Teachers program may wish to take a deeper dive in faculty development topics relevant to their roles. Faculty may attend ten faculty development sessions of their choice (see Topical Workshops or Collaborative Programming, below) and work with the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development to complete an educational project. Completing the Intensive, ten sessions, and the educational project results in Teaching for Excellence certification, which may be documented as professional development during the promotion process.

Residents as Teachers: The goal of our Residents as Teachers program is to introduce resident physicians to the key aspects of careers in academic medicine. The program is offered asynchronously through the Blackboard learning management system, but it is facilitated as an online course with a schedule of activities and due dates. The program typically begins each Fall. Contact the Office for more information.

Small Bites: Wouldn't it be nice if faculty development activities were offered on your schedule? Through our Small Bites Program, they are! If your department is planning a faculty meeting, or if you can gather a group of five or more colleagues who share interest in a topic, we are available to bring a topic to you - even at 6:30 am! Previous presentations have ranged from 15 minutes to three hours and have covered topics such as quality improvement, leadership, and giving effective feedback. Contact our Office to discuss your interests and we will do our best to work with you!   

Leading Adaptive Change: An annual series of skill-based workshops intended to develop competencies in leading adaptive change is offered by the Wichita Office of Faculty Affairs and Development. Content is based on adaptive leadership principles taught by the Kansas Leadership Center. Faculty who complete five workshops and present an adaptive challenge may earn a certificate! The series typically begins in the Summer. Contact our Office for upcoming dates.

Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC): In collaboration with the Office of Medical Education and the Academy of Medical Educators, Faculty Affairs and Development is proud to support the annual MERC program. Under the directorship of the assistant dean for assessment and evaluation, this program consists of eight education research sessions facilitated by national experts assisted by local faculty facilitators. Faculty who complete the program within 24 months receive a certificate from the American Association of Medical Colleges. Contact our Office for more information.

Interdepartmental Faculty Mentoring: Faculty from all three medical school campuses are invited and encouraged to participate as mentors and/or mentees in a shared mentoring program. After being matched, participants are expected to hold a minimum of two meetings a year for two years. Visit the Mentorship Program website for more information.

Collaborative Faculty Development Programming: Since most faculty development is offered via Zoom, the Wichita and Kansas City Offices of Faculty Affairs and Development are increasingly collaborating to offer tri-campus faculty development. Example topics include educational technology, Safe Zone training, flipped classrooms, and formative assessment item writing. Upcoming offerings are posted on the Faculty Development Training Calendar.

Academy of Medical Educators: The vision of the Academy of Medical Educators of the University of Kansas School of Medicine is to develop, support and energize a vibrant faculty to educate the next generation of physicians. While some faculty may seek to join the Academy and serve on one of its standing committees to progress this vision, the Academy also offers events throughout the year that are open for any interested faculty to attend. Learn more.

Preceptor Resources: If you are one of our community-based faculty, we invite you to visit our Preceptor Resources page to review teaching strategies compiled by expert medical educators, especially for you.

KU School of Medicine-Wichita

1010 North Kansas
Wichita, KS 67214-3199
316-293-2635