SOM Office of Faculty Affairs

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Program Description
The MEFF program seeks to cultivate a community of medical education scholars and practitioners that engage with VCU medical faculty and support the professional and instructional development needs of the School of Medicine. This competitive fellowship is a one-year commitment and awards a $5,000 academic stipend upon completion.

Time Commitment
Approximately 10 hours of service per month between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Why participate?

  • Develop your academic portfolio in the scholarship of teaching and learning while connecting research to practice and reflecting on your medical education expertise.
  • Provide service to the University in the form of workshops, observations and consultations.
  • Contribute your knowledge, skills, and abilities to help faculty develop in their teaching, leadership, and scholarship.
  • Receive financial support to advance an innovation or scholarly project in medical education.

Learn more about Kellie Carlyle, PhD, MPH’s MEFF experience!

Utilizing their skill sets in medical education, MEFFs promote faculty development opportunities in their respective departments and will specifically connect with the larger SOM community by:

  • teaching via workshops or leading a faculty learning community / book read,
  • providing teaching observations or educational consultations to peer faculty,
  • engaging with the Office of Faculty Affairs and SOM Faculty Development Advisory committee to help plan and assess relevant activities, and,
  • contributing to an educational innovation project or program

MEFFs will also maintain a written reflective journal throughout the fellowship.

Medical Education Faculty Fellows are School of Medicine basic science or clinical faculty and have expertise in a variety of health-education disciplines. They have working knowledge of pedagogical theories that support adult-learning, and have completed some level of graduate coursework in curriculum design, instructional strategies, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and/or educational technology. MEFFs also have a strong interest in career development and the faculty life cycle. They advocate for faculty and their developmental interests and may serve as an ambassador of the VCU School of Education Certificate in Medical Education (formerly the TiME program).

Application Process
To apply, please provide the following:

  • Statement of interest
  • A description of an innovative medical education project you would like to develop
  • CV
  • Letter of support from your department chair

Applications are due by June 8, 2021. Acceptance notification will be confirmed by June 15, 2021.

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