On behalf of the Doctoring team I'd like to welcome you to the 2020-2021 academic year at Alpert Medical School. For faculty new and returning, we are excited to launch a new, revitalized faculty development program within Doctoring.
The events of this past year—the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate devastation on Black and Brown people and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others— have been heart-wrenching, infuriating and a resounding call to action. With respect to faculty development, this means engaging in a sustained effort to help each of us respond to the needs of our students and their future patients. We are attempting to ground all faculty development activities within the frameworks of anti-racism and equity.
Talking about race and becoming actively anti-racist is likely to be uncomfortable. That's ok. We must learn to, as others have said, lean into our discomfort in order to grow. In considering my own journey in trying to be an anti-racist educator, I'm reminded of teaching a resident in the emergency department; they are learning the most at the liminal zones, feeling the stress of clinical decision making by carrying just enough patients so that they feel uncomfortable but without drowning by being completely overwhelmed. Let's commit to living this year in the liminal zone with the aim of lifelong learning and growth.
The 2020-2021 Faculty Development Program will be laid out primarily in an online format. Throughout the year, as a group, you will complete modules on topics germane to faculty development in a clinical skills course such as doctoring. Our guiding values in developing these modules has been as follows:
- Our faculty continuously strive to be even better educators
- Becoming an excellent faculty member requires the ability to facilitate the personal growth of all students, especially those who are oppressed, marginalized, and/or disadvantaged
In the past, faculty development within Doctoring has included both faculty skills building and important course announcements pertaining to course mechanics (e.g. reminders on how to grade an OSCE or how to log into LearningSpace). Moving forward, faculty development will be considered those activities designed to create tangible, meaningful and translational experiences for you to develop your skills as an educator.
In this first module, Centering Antiracism, the goals are for faculty to:
- Increase literacy related to racism and antiracist terms
- Reflect on the history of racism in medicine, medical education and its impact on patient care
- Using antiracist perspectives, anticipate and respond to learner needs within the context of Doctoring
- Click Next at the bottom right to move through the module. You'll start with an introduction.