Reimagining Faculty Development Deployment: A Multipronged, Pragmatic Approach to Improve Engagement

Liselotte N. Dyrbye, Angela L. Bergene, Andrea N. Leep Hunderfund, Heather A. Billings

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Problem Faculty at academic health centers have many competing demands on their time, leading to high work stress, burnout, and limited capacity to meaningfully improve their teaching, evaluation, feedback, and other education-related skills. Faculty development provides a useful mechanism to assist faculty in enhancing their knowledge and skills in these areas, but engaging faculty can be a challenge. Approach To promote engagement, the authors developed a multipronged, pragmatic approach to faculty development. They created: (1) brief videos leveraging micro-learning strategies; (2) prepackaged workshops for use during existing faculty meetings; (3) a newsletter to raise awareness of faculty development opportunities; (4) a searchable, web-based catalog to facilitate rapid retrieval of faculty development content; and (5) an academy to acknowledge engagement of individual faculty members, provide certificates, and promote a culture that prioritizes our education mission. Outcomes Since they launched the new approach in 2017, they have developed 41 microlearning videos, 15 prepackaged workshops, and 24 issues of the newsletter. Between January 2017 and May 2021, the videos generated more than 150,055 views; the workshops were downloaded 2,850 times; and the issues of the newsletter, emailed bimonthly to 3,500 members of the faculty, had an open rate that increased from 30% in 2017 to 70% in 2021. The Academy of Educational Excellence, which was launched in 2018, grew to more than 490 members. Preliminary feedback suggests faculty and education leaders are highly satisfied with the faculty development resources and approaches to engagement. Next Steps Next steps include obtaining more user satisfaction data and evaluating whether education-related knowledge and skills have improved among faculty participants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1322-1330
Number of pages9
JournalAcademic Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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