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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.


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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Spring 2016 Dates

January 8, 2016
February 5, 2016
February 11, 2016
March 11, 2016
April 8, 2016
May 13, 2016

Past Topics and Presenters


Communication and ObservationsJohn Freedy, MD, PhD
Philosophy of Teaching and Innovative Teaching TechniquesMelissa Hortman, MEd
Making EPIC Yours - Adjusting preferences, screens, smart text, templatesLaura Camacho, PhD
Geriatric Medicine and Skilled Nursing FacilitiesRuss Blackwelder, Div, MD
Transgender and Gay Men Patient CareMarty Player, MD
Ages and Stages and M-CHATJames Durant, MD
Inpatient Handoff - IPASSLauren Destino, MD
Handling Controversial IssuesDr. B. DaNine Fleming & Dr. Willette S. Burnham
 Music TherapyClaire Littlejohn, MT-BC
Teaching to Your True ColorsMelissa Hortman, MEd
How to Develop a Career as a Clinician-EducatorElisha L. Brownfield, MD & Dr. Benjamin Clyburn
Utilizing EPICJoseph Benich III, MD
Introduction to UltrasoundSonoSite, Inc.
Women's HealthJennifer Bain, MD
InjectionsAlec DeCastro, MD
One Minute PreceptingChad Garven MD
Dermoscope TrainingErek Majka, MD
Developing Effective PresentationsWater Renne, MD
Utilizing TurningPoint TechnologyGary Melancon
Inpatient Billing and CodingJairy Hunter, MD, MBA, SFHM
Skin SurgeryBarry Hainer, MD
Faculty Promotion and Tenure CriteriaDaniel Lackland, PhD
Evaluations and FeedbackLisa Mims, MD


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