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Continuing Medical Education
VCOM’s Department of Faculty and Staff Development is committed to the creation and dissemination of information and programs that will support the key areas identified by the AOA’s Accreditation Manual for CME Sponsors. Our goal is to foster a culture of excellence and to develop a collegial faculty community that continues to improve and grow.
About Continuing Medical Education (CME)
Accreditation for Faculty Development and Continuing Medical Education
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians as a Category 1 CME sponsor. VCOM strictly adheres to the standards and regulations provided by the AOA governing the provision and documentation of CME programming.
Key Parts of a Continuing Medical Education Faculty Development Program
The AOA’s Accreditation Manual for CME Sponsors identifies three key parts of a faculty development program:
Faculty Development refers to those programs which focus on the individual faculty member. The most common focus for programs of this type is the faculty member as a teacher. Faculty development specialists provide consultation on teaching, including class organization, evaluation of students, in-class presentation skills, questioning and all aspects of design and presentation. They also advise faculty on other aspects of teacher/student interaction, such as advising, tutoring, discipline policies and administration.
A second frequent focus of such programs is the faculty member as a scholar and professional. These programs offer assistance in career planning, professional development in scholarly skills such as grant writing, publishing, committee work, administrative work, supervisory skills, and a wide range of other activities expected of faculty.
A third area on which faculty development programs focuses is the faculty member as a person. This includes wellness management, interpersonal skills, stress and time management, assertiveness development and a host of other programs which address the individual's well-being.
Each year VCOM holds faculty development sessions on campus and in our clinical sites upon request to enrich the faculty members education. Faculty development programs are also provided online and opportunities are sent to the faculty through their Chairs. Faculty are always welcome to contact the Assistant Dean or Director of Faculty Development to request additional materials or programs.