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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.
Subscription-based. Email Paula Shipper at for access through VCOM's paid account.

Reference List of 20-Minute Mentor Commons Programs (PDF)


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.
Subscription-based. Email Paula Shipper at for access through VCOM's paid account.



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.
All access is free.



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. 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.
All VCOM clinical faculty should receive an email with login information upon appointment. Email Paula Shipper at if you need assistance.



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. The benefit of these programs 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 the IAMSE's 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.

Cost and Access

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. See the IAMSE website for details on upcoming programs.



Recommended Books

The following professional development resources related to teaching and learning can be found in the VCOM library:

  • Academic Advising Approaches: Strategies that Teach Students to Make the Most of College by Jayne Drake, Peggy Jordan, etc.
  • The Department Chair Primer by Don Chu
  • Best Practices in Faculty Evaluation: A Practical Guide for Academic Leaders by Jeffrey L. Buller
  • Assessing and Improving Your Teaching: Strategies and Rubrics for Faculty Growth and Student Learning by Phyllis Blumberg
  • Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty by Elizabeth Barkley and Claire Major
  • What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain
  • Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty by Elizabeth Barkley
  • Developing Learner-Centered Teaching: A Practical Guide for Faculty by Maryellen Weimer
  • Effective Instruction for STEM Disciplines by Edward Mastascusa, William Snyder and Brian Hoyt
  • Educating Physicians by Molly Cooke, David Irby and Bridget O’Brien