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Department of Family Medicine

Faculty Development

    We are pleased to announce the start of a new Faculty Development Program in the Department of Family Medicine.

The overall purpose of the program is to encourage excellence in practice, teaching and research at the Medical University of South Carolina, and to do so in ways that respond to individual faculty needs, department priorities, and overall MUSC strategic goals.  The Faculty Development Program will provide assistance to each faculty member to reach his/her individual academic goals, through the use of seminars, procedural teaching, and individual mentoring. Some of the topic areas for the coming year include teaching skills, academic advancement and promotion, and new procedural skills.

Our overall mission is to improve the health of South Carolinians and promote excellence in training of family physicians by developing and improving the skills of the faculty. This program will be led by Alexander W. Chessman, M.D.

Below you will find our Faculty Development Resources and Presentation Schedule.


Nine Characteristics of a Great Teacher
A great teacher:
… respects students.
… creates a sense of community and belonging in the classroom.
… is warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring.
… sets high expectations for all students.
… has her/his own love of learning and inspires students with his passion
.… is a skilled leader.
… collaborates with colleagues on an ongoing basis.
… maintains professionalism in all areas…

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Presentation Schedule

July 10, 2015Communication and ObservationsJohn Freedy, MD, PhD
August 7, 2015Philosophy of Teaching and Innovative Teaching TechniquesMelissa Hortman, MEd
August 14, 2015Making EPIC Yours - Adjusting preferences, screens, smart text, templatesLaura Camacho, PhD
September 4, 2015Geriatric Medicine and Skilled Nursing FacilitiesRuss Blackwelder, Div, MD
September 11, 2015Transgender and Gay Men Patient CareMarty Player, MD
September 18, 2015Ages and Stages and M-CHATJames Durant, MD
September 25, 2015Inpatient Handoff - IPASSLauren Destino, MD
October 2, 2015Faculty ResearchVanessa Diaz, MD
October 9, 2015Handling Controversial IssuesDr. B. DaNine Fleming & Dr. Willette S. Burnham
November 6 , 2015TBA 
November 13, 2015 Music TherapyClaire Littlejohn, MT-BC  
December 4, 2015StrengthsFinderMelissa Hortman, MEd
December 11, 2015How to Develop a Career as a Clinician-EducatorElisha L. Brownfield, MD & Dr. Benjamin Clyburn




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