Faculty Development Goals in Six Domains

Use this list as a personal guide to assess your competencies and develop your personal faculty development plans.

Education : for a printable version of the domain goals

  • Develop a systematic approach to planning educational activities and programs that includes goal setting, needs assessment and the development of learning objectives, teaching methods, and evaluation.
  • Apply the principles of adult learning to routinely assess the specific learning needs of individual learners or groups of learners as part of the educational process.
  • Effectively orient learners to a clinical education site or educational experience.
  • Develop a repertoire of teaching and supervision methods that are effective in enhancing a learner's knowledge base, clinical skills, and attitudes/behaviors.
  • Teach learners effectively and efficiently in the context of delivering patient care.
  • Develop and conduct instructional activities appropriate for small and large group teaching settings.
  • Directly observe learners in clinical settings, using methods that efficiently assess their performance.
  • Give frequent, behaviorally specific feedback to learners with skill and tact.
  • Identify, assess and remediate problem learners, seeking expert help when needed.
  • Develop or select valid and reliable summative evaluation methods that reflect the learning objectives of the educational activity being evaluated.
  • Develop evaluation strategies to document a learner's attainment of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that fall within mandated ACGME competency domains.
  • Create effective course and program evaluation tools to ensure continuous quality improvement in your educational activities.
  • Lead workshops and other learning experiences for professional audiences.

Research : for a printable version of the domain goals

  • Define a research program with appropriate balance/focus, and master the theories and current state of knowledge in the field.
  • Access and critically read the research literature in the domains that relate to your professional interests, and develop a plan to stay current.
  • Formulate testable research questions and operationalize the variables.
  • Design descriptive and/or hypothesis-testing studies that use appropriate sampling and measurement strategies.
  • Evaluate potential sources of bias and create a research design that limits and documents sources of bias.
  • Use quantitative or qualitative research methods that are valid and reliable to address specific research questions.
  • Conduct and manage research projects.
  • Collect, manage, and interpret data with awareness of appropriate statistical methods.
  • Evaluate, interpret and discuss study findings.
  • Apply evidence-based medicine approaches to patient care, remaining vigilant for new questions to be systematically studied.
  • Understand and correctly apply the rules and regulations for responsible conduct of research.
  • Publish and present research findings in a timely fashion.
  • Write research proposals that secure funding for a research program.
  • Establish an understanding of the complexity of research in medical education

Advocacy and Health Policy: for a printable version of the domain goals

  • Develop and implement a curriculum that teaches the principles and methods of child advocacy.
  • Identify and disseminate advocacy information in order to enlist the support of others in your advocacy goals.
  • Understand the legislative process and skillfully use methods to influence legislation.
  • Implement and critically evaluate advocacy activities in order to advance the field in a scholarly fashion.
  • Communicate your ideas effectively to a variety of audiences, including community-based organizations, legislators, the media, and other key stakeholders.
  • Train faculty and learners to develop and support advocacy programs at their institutions.
  • Effectively role model advocacy activities and mentor trainees who conduct advocacy projects.
  • Work effectively with community partners/agencies and as a member of multidisciplinary teams.
  • Understand the structure and functions of complex healthcare systems and the principles and methods of health care finance.
  • Understand the principles and use the methods of population-based pediatrics to assess the needs and evaluate the health outcomes of your practice and community.
  • Incorporate advocacy activities in a variety of practice settings.
  • Know the different levels of advocacy as they pertain to patients, communities and the legislative process.

Communications/Technology: for a printable version of the domain goals

  • Write clear, concise and effective prose.
  • Efficiently edit your documents to improve clarity and brevity, making effective use of computer tools.
  • Write articles that clearly describe and interpret your primary findings, following the conventions of a targeted journal.
  • Write grant proposals that clearly describe a proposed study, demonstrate the study's importance, and convince reviewers of your ability to do the work.
  • Organize your academic work prospectively to maximize productivity in presentations, publications, and grant applications.
  • Edit and evaluate the documents of colleagues and learners, finding constructive ways to share your findings with authors.
  • Communicate effectively to large and small groups in the role of teacher or advocate.
  • Master use of information technology tools required to conduct your professional work efficiently and effectively.
  • Use email and telephone to maintain a vital professional network and conduct business efficiently.
  • Skillfully access, evaluate, and use web-based, peer-reviewed medical information resources, databases, and clinical decision support systems.
  • Skillfully access and use web-based educational resources for continuing education and enrichment of student and resident learning experiences.
  • Use computer and internet technologies resourcefully in teaching, research, patient care, and administration, keeping abreast of new applications that may improve your academic performance.

Leadership/administration: for a printable version of the domain goals

  • Develop skills required to be a successful leader, including time management, productive interpersonal interactions, delegation, and negotiation.
  • Understand the differences between leadership and management.
  • As a leader, assess your institutional environment (including the people within it) with an understanding of past events and future challenges, in order to develop a plan for change.
  • Effectively share your vision for change and gain support for it.
  • Conduct strategic planning collaboratively and follow through in a systematic manner.
  • Understand the barriers to organizational and personal change, and use effective methods to win support for new initiatives and make them happen.
  • Understand the fundamentals of business accounting and basic financial principles.
  • Develop a repertoire of strategies to lead and motivate people.
  • Understand the importance of learning the "organizational culture" of your institution in order to develop effective ways to work within it.
  • Run meetings efficiently and get the job done with a minimum of interpersonal conflict.
  • Identify and develop a network of people who can help you to succeed, and whom you can help to succeed.
  • Become skilled at using verbal and non-verbal communication skills to manage and motivate people and win their support for your agenda.
  • Develop skills in understanding and working effectively with the leadership style of your boss.

Career development for a printable version of the domain goals

  • Identify job opportunities that match your skills and interests, and assess your potential "fit" in a new institutional setting.
  • Clarify the distinctions between promotion, advancement and career satisfaction, and identify the steps required for you to achieve the career goals that matter to you.
  • Identify regional and national opportunities for personal career growth and obtain support for such activities.
  • Study the hierarchical structure of power and influence at your institution, and develop strategies to achieve your goals that acknowledge your position in that structure.
  • Develop a complete educational/administrative portfolio to supplement your curriculum vitae, and use it effectively for advancement and promotion.
  • Study good role models and use mentors effectively to help you meet the challenges of an academic career.
  • Develop skills in both politics and networking, and use each appropriately in context.
  • Develop a good mentoring relationship with selected students, residents and junior colleagues, match your skills to their needs, and use good judgment in helping them to advance in their careers.
  • Create an individual career development plan that takes into account your strengths and weaknesses; develop short-term and long-term goals and identify potential strategies to meet them.
  • Build support systems that sustain you in all aspects of your life.




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