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Faculty and Staff Development

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Department of Faculty and Staff Development strives to support the recruitment, retention and development of outstanding faculty by providing learning opportunities and resources for their continued professional growth. We offer a broad range of activities to enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to support their roles as educators, researchers, and clinicians.

Faculty and Staff Development Sessions

Staff members are integral to VCOM’s culture of excellence. The department facilitates continuous improvement among staff by providing an array of professional development opportunities that will enhance employee growth. Examples of these sessions include relationship-building, improving communication, self-awareness, health and wellness, and organizational learning.

Faculty and Staff Development Schedules

2016-17 Faculty and Staff Development Sessions (available campus wide via Polycom)

2016-17 Faculty and Staff Development Sessions - Carolinas Campus

2015-16 Faculty and Staff Development Sessions (available campus wide via Polycom)

March Faculty Development Sessions Available Campus Wide via Polycom

IAMSE Spring 2017 Series ~ Remediation in Health Sciences Education

Various Dates listed below at 12:00 pm
The spring 2017 IAMSE web seminar series will continue with exciting, informative sessions focusing on remediation. The goal of remediation is to correct the course of students who have gone astray in their journey to become a health professional. However, because of the varying components in a professional health science curriculum including basic science knowledge, clinical skills, and professionalism coupled with ever changing curricular modifications, effective remediation in health science education has become a complex issue with many challenges. The spring web seminar series will provide a series of presentations by speakers who will share their experiences and expertise in remediation. The fundamental groundwork for the understanding of the importance of successful remediation will be laid and examples of programs who have applied these principles to integrated basic science courses and clinical skills will be provided. A timely presentation on the approaches to remediation of the new paradigm in undergraduate medical education assessment: Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) will be included. Licensing exam failures are a major concern in health professions education and one session will be dedicated to a panel presentation of identification of students in jeopardy of not passing and/or remediation of these exams from the perspectives of allopathic (USMLE Step-1), osteopathic (COMLEX), and physician assistant (PANCE) medical programs. The series will also contain a session on the many issues (philosophical, educational, and legal) of “forward-feeding” assessment information on learners to faculty in subsequent courses.

Thursday, March 2 Remediation of basic science in integrated blocks
Thursday, March 9 Remediation of "High Stakes" professional exams
Thursday, March 16 Trust and Remediation: Entrustable Professional Activities and Trust Decisions
Thursday, March 23 Sharing Assessment Information: Why, How, and What to Consider
Thursday, March 30 Remediation of Gaps in Clinical Skills--One Size Fits One

7 Principles of Effective Teaching in Higher Education

Tuesday, March 14, 12:00 pm
Presenter: Krista Johansen, MD, Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Physiology
In 1987, Chickering and Gamon submitted a report identifying seven principles in teaching that led to better outcomes in undergraduate institutions. These principles have been applied in many contexts, most notably in health care education, and many are now considered mandatory in medical education curriculum. During this session we will discuss these principles and their implementation, in addition to how technology has changed the landscape in which these principles can be used. Implementing these in a way that works for your teaching allows us to practice evidence-based medicine.

Taking Control of Your Retirement

Tuesday, March 28, 12:00 pm
Presenters: Lesia Brolinson, Marino-Brolinson/Stoner Group – Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
This faculty and staff development session will discuss topics to consider during the retirement income planning process, including possible risks and tips for a disciplined approach to this important financial strategy.

Resources for Faculty and Staff Development

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine subscribe to two excellent faculty development resources, 20-Minute Mentor Commons and The Teaching Professor. These resources address critical issues facing faculty and administrators today and feature leading educators and consultants who deliver thought-provoking, content-rich presentations.

20-Minute Mentor Commons

20 Minute Mentor Commons are video-based programs designed to answer a specific question related to teaching and learning. They deliver actionable insights in highly focused 20-minute presentations designed to fit busy schedules. Faculty enjoy instant access to current and archived Magna 20 Minute Mentor programs which cover a broad range of faculty development topics.

The Teaching Professor

The Teaching Professor is a highly informative newsletter with a singular purpose: to provide ideas and insight to educators who are passionate about teaching. A source of cutting-edge information and inspiration for more than 10,000 educators at universities and colleges worldwide.

If you are interested in using either of these resources, please email Deborah Bourne at dbourne [at]



MedEdPORTAL, a resource offered by The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), offers teaching materials, assessment tools, and faculty development resources for educators and administrators in the health care professions. It is available for free to the general public around the globe and anyone can access and download the published resources.

Teaching Physician Faculty Development


In keeping with VCOM’s commitment to provide high quality educational resources and faculty development, we are proud to provide our clinical faculty full access to “Teaching Physician” presented by the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine. Teaching Physician is a comprehensive web-based resource presented by the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine that provides physician preceptors with valuable information and resources related to the precepting of medical students and residents. 

Physician preceptors, regardless of their specialty, will find the material to be an invaluable tool for improving their precepting experience and their efficiency and effectiveness as a medical educator.
Utilizing a variety of formats, including video clips, frequently asked questions and links to full text journal articles on medical education and clinical precepting, the Teaching Physician website provides clinical preceptors a comprehensive resource for ongoing faculty development.

Appointed VCOM clinical faculty have unlimited access to all resources on the Teaching Physician website and will receive an email from Teaching Physician with their login and password information.
As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions for how we can further improve our support for faculty development and provide an even more rewarding and enjoyable medical education experience.

International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Webcast Audio Seminars


The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) offers webcast audio seminars to both members and non-members at a small cost. Webcasts offer an interactive means of sharing information relevant to medical science education and medical science educators. The benefit of IAMSE Webcast Audio Seminars is that they are presented live, in real time, and are totally interactive, with experts in the subject presenting and leading the discussions. Also, because there is no need to leave your office, it is both efficient and relatively inexpensive.

What is an IAMSE Webcast Audio Seminar?
Essentially a 1-hour telephone conference call supplemented by webcast PowerPoint slides, an IAMSE Webcast Audio Seminar is a method of exchanging vital information on timely topics in medical education. The slant of each is geared toward our membership who have responsibility for teaching the basic sciences to those in medical training. These basic sciences encompass all subjects that have arisen from the seven traditional disciplines of: Anatomy, Behavioral Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Physiology. Biomedical faculty should contact the Associate Dean for Biomedical Affairs to arrange IAMSE conferences.

As with other IAMSE events, all medical professionals are welcome to participate and non-members are admitted on a space-available basis. Currently, the cost is $20 for IAMSE Members/$40 for Non Members. Institutional Groups may register for $500 for the entire series, or $100 per session. For dates, titles, and invited presenters, please visit the IAMSE Webcast Audio Seminar page.