SOM Office of Faculty Affairs

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Program Description
The VCU SOM Office of Faculty Affairs Medical Education Faculty Fellow (MEFF) program seeks to cultivate a community of medical education scholars and practitioners that engage with VCU medical school 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 of each year of the MEFF appointment.

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Time Commitment
Approximately 10 hours of service per month between July 31, 2023 and June 30, 2024.

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.
  • Be rewarded to advance an innovation or scholarly project in medical education.

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 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 team 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.

Learn more about former faculty fellows their experience and their projects!

Medical Education Faculty Fellows are School of Medicine Faculty that are experts in basic science or clinical teaching 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 adult learning theory. MEFFs also have a strong interest in career development and faculty roles throughout the career stages. They advocate for faculty and their developmental interests and may serve as an ambassador of the Certificate in Medical Education (formerly the TiME program) offered jointly by the VCU Schools of Medicine and Education.

Application Process
To apply, please provide:

  • A statement of interest (500 words max) that describes your engagement/impact in/from:
    • Professional development (on-campus events such as Lunchtime Learning, Grand Rounds, Book Reads, workshops, etc. or off-campus events)  
    • Leadership in medical education and/or scholarly programming
    • Presentations at teaching conference or events  
    • Course design and/or assignment design  
    • Experience with integrating initiatives (critical thinking, professionalism, diversity & inclusion) into training for students and trainees.
  • An innovative medical education project you would like to develop (brief description of problem and plan)
  • CV
  • Letter of support from department or program chair

Applications are due by July 24, 2023. Acceptance notification will be confirmed by July 31, 2023.

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