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Faculty Development Fellows in a seminar at UNC Family Medicine

UNC Family Medicine offers a part time fellowship designed specifically for new faculty to reach their full potential as teachers, mentors and leaders.  Led by a Board-Certified Family Physicians in concert with other qualified professionals, the Faculty Development Fellowship team includes physician leaders with decades of experience in clinical practice, research, and teaching, as well as a Psychologist who specializes in leadership and educational strategies.  The curriculum is based on a year-long blended learning experience that includes face-to-face sessions in Chapel Hill, as well as online modules, forums, and group projects.  It has four major components:   1) Leadership, 2) Teaching and Learning, 3) Scholarship, and 4) Quality Improvement.

Program participants remain in their current faculty position and, throughout the year, spend a total of 6 weeks in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  When not in Chapel Hill, Faculty Development Fellows remain tethered to UNC through webinars, conference calls, online learning activities, and ongoing projects.

Fellows are empowered to apply their new knowledge and skills at their home institutions as they build upon the concepts introduced with each visit.  Fellows receive continuous feedback and guidance throughout the year and share their individual experiences and progress with the group through presentations, publications, and posters.

The curriculum also offers Fellows opportunities to meet and network with leaders in healthcare and medical education, including Deans, Department Chairs, and Presidents of ACO’s and organizations like STFM.

Program Components

  • Educational program planning
  • Large group teaching
  • Small group teaching
  • Clinical precepting
  • Giving feedback
  • Inpatient teaching
  • Milestones & RRC Requirements


  • Appreciative inquiry & Growth Mindset
  • Change management
  • Advocacy skills
  • Process improvement
  • Leadership development
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Critical appraisal skills development
  • Writing for publication
  • Practice improvement and educational collaborative projects across multiple residency programs


  • Building Blocks of Excellence in Primary Care
  • Model for Improvement

Session Dates

Session Dates for 2020-2021:

  • Every 2nd and 4th Friday afternoon via Zoom in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Monday, March 1, 2021 – Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (onsite if possible)
  • Monday, June 7 – Thursday, June 10, 2021 (onsite if possible)


Session Dates for 2021-2022:

  • Wednesday June 9, 2021 – Thursday, June 17, 2021
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – Wednesday, October 6,2021
  • Monday, February 28, 2022 – Friday, March 4, 2022
  • Monday, June 6, 2022 – Thursday, June 9, 2022