| MISSION STATEMENT
We develop Family Medicine educators to become master teachers, skilled clinicians and researchers, and effective leaders.
EXFERIENCE AND ACCOMPLISHMENT
There is a shortage of fellowship-trained family physician faculty nationwide, especially in community hospital settings where most family medicine residents train. To help meet this need for community hospital faculty, UPMC St. Margaret developed its Faculty Development Fellowship program in 1982.
Now based in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, our Fellowship has grown from one fellow to six per year and is recognized with further funding from federal grants. Fellows gain clinical and teaching experience from the department's distinctively different community hospital-based residency training sites. They benefit from access to the university’s rich resources for graduate education, research, grant development, and mentoring. Fellows may obtain a Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Medical Education (MS) or Master of Science in Clinical (MS).
Our fellowship is recognized as one of the leading programs in the country and has graduated more fellows than any other full-time program. Fellowship faculty have trained fellows from sports medicine, geriatrics, primary care, internal medicine, and general academic pediatrics, as well as faculty and preceptors from residency programs and community practices across south-west Pennsylvania. Currently pharmacy residents participate in the education seminars and collaborate with the fellows on research projects.
Four curriculum domains have been developed, evaluated, and refined over many years of fellowship training:
o research and scholarly activity
o teaching and learning
o administrative and management skills
o professional development and leadership
Evidence-based medicine (EBM) and medical decision-making (MDM) techniques are taught across all four domains to prepare fellows for evidence-based practice and teaching.
Fellows sharpen their clinical skills by caring for patients in hospitals, health centers, and other settings by arrangement. Serving as a clinical role model for students and residents in both hospital and ambulatory practice, the fellow will develop efficiency and competency while holding the responsibility as a family physician. Opportunities are available to broaden clinical skills in alternative environments such as providing care to recent immigrants or the homeless.
Research and Scholarly Activity Domain
Fellows master the research process through critical appraisal of published research reports. With the goal of becoming critical consumers of research and generators of original research, fellows train in statistical analysis and research design. One-year fellows are expected to design an original educational research project or curriculum project. Two year fellows are expected to complete their project and produce a publishable manuscript.
Teaching and Learning Domain
Through our innovative Teaching and Learning in Different Settings program, fellows read published articles, and they observe, discuss, practice, and review videos of themselves teaching in different settings. The settings include inpatient teaching rounds, precepting, lectures, small group discussions, journal club, and office practice. Fellows also explore innovative approaches to teaching difficult and controversial topics such as pain management, death, and dying. They are encouraged to teach in diverse settings including community organizations and schools, and to integrate EBM and MDM into all teaching.
Administrative and Management Skills Domain
Fellows receive a solid grounding in administrative and management skills with an emphasis on administration of a family medicine residency. Fellows participate in an annual critical review of the fellowship experience, aid in the design of future programs, and contribute to the evaluation and curriculum development of the three residency programs.
Fellows meet four days a week in July and August for the intensive Summer Seminar Series. Beginning in September, the Fellows’ Seminar meets Thursday mornings. Fellows develop individualized research, clinical, administrative and management, and teaching and learning follow-up activities in consultation with faculty.
The experienced faculty of the Family Medicine Fellowship Program includes board-certified physicians in family medicine. Since July 1998, regular teaching faculty from other University of Pittsburgh Medical Center residency programs have enhanced the fellowship.
The one-year fellowship includes the Basic curriculum and the Option of taking selected courses at the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH).
TWO-YEAR FELLOWSHIP WITH MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH
The two-year fellowship encompasses all aspects of the one-year program. It includes community-based primary care practice, teaching, and research. This experience leads to a master in public health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH).
The fellow completes all of the master's coursework on a part-time basis over two years while adapting the fellowship research project to fulfill the essay requirement for the master’s degree. The full-time faculty of GSPH affords unique, quality training in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services administration and research.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MEDICAL EDUCATION
Through collaboration with the Schools of Health Sciences and the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, the Master in Medical Education program is designed for individuals whose career focus is medical education and clinical teaching in a university-based academic health center. The interdisciplinary program serves fellows in general and subspecialty medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, and psychiatry.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CLINICAL RESEARCH
This program is designed for candidates who want intense training in the design and implementation of high-quality clinical research involving human subjects.
The Faculty Development Fellowship thrives in the Department of Family Medicine, and at three fully accredited, acute care, community teaching hospitals that support six family health centers. Most fellowship didactic sessions take place in modern conference facilities at UPMC St. Margaret Lawrenceville Family Health Center (LFHC). This center offers digital presentation equipment, high-speed internet connectivity; videoconferencing capacity; and excellent computer resources.
In addition to UPMC St Margaret, fellows spend significant amounts of time teaching and working with faculty mentors at community hospital-based residency training sites at UPMC McKeesport and UPMC Shadyside. Fellows benefit from diverse faculty; residents, patient populations, organizational culture, traditions, and distinctive curriculum innovations and strengths at each site.
In addition to seeing patients, fellows supervise residents who provide care to the underserved and elderly patients in the hospitals, family health centers, private practices, and participating community health centers.
All three locations serve patients of varying socioeconomic status and ethnicity, and include a number of sites serving predominantly poor, minority; and underserved patients.
The fellowship provides access to the most modem equipment, research, and procedures by drawing from a citywide network of resources that include a variety of local, general, and specialty hospitals, private physicians’ offices, and the University of Pittsburgh.
The applicant must be a board-certified graduate of an approved family medicine residency program or have comparable clinical experience and an interest in part-time or full-time teaching in family medicine
The fellowship offers a stipend and benefits that are highly competitive with similar fellowship programs, and appropriate to the previous training and experience of each fellow.
Faculty Development Fellowship Coordinator
3937 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201