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A decade of faculty development for health professions educators: lessons learned from the Macy Faculty Scholars Program

  • Haas, Mary
  • Triemstra, Justin
  • Tam, Marty
  • Neuendorf, Katie
  • Reckelhoff, Katherine
  • Gottlieb-Smith, Rachel
  • Pedigo, Ryan
  • McTaggart, Suzy
  • Vasquez, John
  • Hundert, Edward M
  • Berkowitz, Bobbie
  • Humphrey, Holly J
  • Gruppen, Larry D
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2023
eScholarship - University of California
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Faculty development (FD) programs are critical for providing the knowledge and skills necessary to drive positive change in health professions education, but they take many forms to attain the program goals. The Macy Faculty Scholars Program (MFSP), created by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation (JMJF) in 2010, intends to develop participants as leaders, scholars, teachers, and mentors. After a decade of implementation, an external review committee conducted a program evaluation to determine how well the program met its intended goals and defined options for ongoing improvement.The committee selected Stufflebeam's CIPP (context, input, process, products) framework to guide the program evaluation. Context and input components were derived from the MFSP description and demographic data, respectively. Process and product components were obtained through a mixed-methods approach, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative data obtained from participant survey responses, and curriculum vitae (CV).The evaluation found participants responded favorably to the program and demonstrated an overall increase in academic productivity, most pronounced during the two years of the program. Mentorship, community of practice, and protected time were cited as major strengths. Areas for improvement included: enhancing the diversity of program participants, program leaders and mentors across multiple sociodemographic domains; leveraging technology to strengthen the MFSP community of practice; and improving flexibility of the program.The program evaluation results provide evidence supporting ongoing investment in faculty educators and summarizes key strengths and areas for improvement to inform future FD efforts for both the MFSP and other FD programs.

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