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Faculty Development Fellowship Introduced

A one-year faculty fellowship, being introduced this year at Southern Regional AHEC, is designed to prepare physicians for faculty and leadership positions in community-based residency programs. Plans are for the fellowship to teach teaching theory and skills, enhance clinical and communication skills, and introduce research concepts. Sushma Kapoor, MD, Sal D’Allura, DO, and Edwin Houng, MD, (photo below, left to right) will be the first class of faculty development fellows. The program begins July 1, 2012. Fellows will get both didactic and hands-on experience during the year.

Sushma Kapoor, MDSal D'Allura, DOEdwin Houng, MD

The fellowship is intended to enrich the clinical, educational, administrative, leadership, behavioral, and curriculum development skills of Southern Regional AHEC faculty. The educational component requires that they:

A research objective requires fellows conceive a research question and design a clinical study. At the conclusion of the study, fellows write a grant proposal and make a poster presentation based on their results.

In developing needed leadership skills, fellows will learn to recognize the difference between leadership and management. As part of the curriculum, fellows serve on local health care boards and committees to demonstrate leadership skills.

Through this experience, fellows will be able to articulate what skills are needed to be an effective leader and an effective manager. Each fellow will complete an administrative project of their choice.

Because it focuses on leadership for residency programs, fellows will become familiar with both community based and university based residencies. The experience will help them to understand their differences and similarities. A main focus will be on family medicine residency, ACGME/AOA program requirements and patient-centered medical home certification and practice. The fellows will also develop a personal career plan with five-, ten-, fifteen-, and twenty-year goals.