Professional Development

Formal Faculty Development sessions

Professional development is available to all WCUCOM faculty on an ongoing basis. Workshops and seminars are aimed at supporting professional and scholarly development across the career span. Faculty development sessions provide an opportunity for faculty to reflect on their work, and to share and learn from the experiences and expertise of colleagues. By supporting faculty through formal professional development programming, our ultimate aim is advance the academic mission of WCUCOM and the development of our students as successful physicians in the delivery of care to patients in the Gulf Coast region and beyond.

To this end, the WCUCOM provides programming designed to enhance curriculum development, instructional delivery, and assessment consistent with research on adult learning principles. Sessions are also designed to address scholarly publication and research topics.

Journal Club discussions

Journal club discussions are offered in support of faculty development on campus, with scholarly articles distributed to all faculty affiliated with WCUCOM.

The monthly sessions are open to any faculty members interested in participating in informal, group discussion of articles drawn from the medical education literature. A wide variety of journal articles are discussed each year and faculty often share resources with one another that relate to the discussion material.

Overarching WCUCOM goals for the journal club:

  • Stay abreast of literature in the field of medical education
  • Promote evidence-based practice
  • Encourage continuing education
  • Promote scholarly interaction

Based on monthly participation, participants will enhance their ability to:

  • Summarize emergent trends in medical education
  • Engage in scholarly discussions of an expanded array of medical education topics
  • Experiment with ways of applying innovations in teaching, learning and assessment to existing practice
  • Critically debate current issues in the field of medical education
  • Critically evaluate methodologies used to study teaching, learning and assessment approaches
  • Feel self-confident in discussing emergent issues in the medical education literature
  • Identify potential medical education research topics for use in personal research projects