The mission of the VCMC Faculty Development Fellowship is to develop the next generation of family medicine faculty by enhancing their skills as educators and giving them the opportunity to develop their identities as teachers and leaders with the support of our core family medicine faculty.
During the fellowship, participants will take part in regular faculty development fellowship seminars which cover a wide variety of topics and are led by our core VCMC Family Medicine Faculty. Seminar topics include coding/billing, bedside teaching, designing scholarly activity, effective lecturing, avoiding burnout, giving feedback, cognitive errors, the difficult patient, and job-finding skills.
Fellows will also complete a research project, the topic of which will be chosen by the participant with the guidance and support of the faculty. Recent fellows have done projects in the areas of point-of-care ultrasound, global health, LGBT care, and pediatrics. The fellow will also participate in developing curriculum for the residency, lecturing to the medical staff and residency, and mentoring residents of the VCMC Family Medicine Residency.
Finally, the fellow will maintain a continuity practice and attend in the residency continuity clinic to continue to build their clinical skills. They also have the option of attending on the inpatient medicine teaching service.