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UTGSM Offers Programs for Physicians to Become Leaders in Academics

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine offers CME-certified programs to its faculty members to foster their development into academic leaders in medicine. Anthony Wilson, MD, Chair of Family Medicine, has been instrumental in launching both programs: the Academic Leadership Academy, which is co-chaired by Paul Hauptman, MD, Dean, and Eric Carlson, DMD, MD, Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; and the Faculty Development Seminar Series.

The Academic Leadership Academy launched in the 2020-2021 academic year to help faculty members improve instructional and precepting strategies; prepare for advancement in academic rank; develop research skills that lead to publishable results and guide resident research; prepare for leadership within medical societies and their discipline's state or national academy, or within the education system; and enhance the national recognition of the Graduate School of Medicine and The University of Tennessee Medical Center. Participants also earn 75 Category 1 AMA continuing education credits. Applications for the 2022 Academic Leadership Academy are being accepted through November 19.

Dr. Wilson, who completed a fellowship in Faculty Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said, "Physicians undergo rigorous didactic and clinical education over many years in order to practice their specialties at a high level. However, academic physicians typically do not receive training in the art and science of adult learning theory and teaching, including instruction in leadership, mindsets, innovation, and adaptive challenges. Educational methods to most effectively impart this knowledge to future learners requires discipline-specific training and experience to develop this skill set to the fullest potential."

The first class of Academic Leadership Academy Graduates includes:

Jonathan D Boone MD, Associate Professor & Director of the Resident Mentorship Program, Obstetrics and Gynecology
R. Ian Gray MD, Associate Professor & Residency Program Director, Radiology
Catherine McKnight MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery
Heather Moss MD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Lucianne Olewinski MD, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Jamie Perry MD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Priya Raghavan MD, Instructor, Family Medicine
Matthew Vance MD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology

The Faculty Development Seminar Series began in 2018. The curriculum is designed to help faculty members gain the needed tools to help them fulfill their academic potential and is divided into three main topics: teaching and precepting, research and publications, and academic career advancement.

At the conclusion of this annual series, the participants should be able to:

Faculty who complete all 12 modules within an academic year receive up to 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit hours or 24 hours of CDE-certified credit.

Dr. Wilson noted that during the first three years of the series, 33% of full and volunteer faculty attended at least one seminar, with a total of 1,104 hours of CME awarded; and the 2020-2021 academic year received record attendance. Popular topics have been:

The 2021-2022 seminar series is currently in progress. Sessions are hosted in Morrison's Conference Room and virtually on the third Wednesday of the month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Learn more:



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