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Distance Learning: Professional Development for Community-Based Faculty

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Christopher White, MD
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine

Sponsor: Statewide AHEC Network Program Office

Session Description:
Dr. White will discuss the importance of community-based education for health sciences students and techniques for successful teaching. This session will discuss community based faculty "promotion" policies and guidance as well as opportunities for research skill development. Dr. White will describe the promotion process for community-based faculty (different ranks, requirements for promotion), career development resources that are online and available at MCG, and resources that available to those with a faculty appointment (Library resources, Podcasts (i.e. Grand Rounds [in some departments], etc.).

Session Objectives:
By the end of this presentation, community faculty will be able to:

  1. List the various academic ranks associated with teaching faculty at the Medical College of Georgia
  2. Outline the steps and criteria required to:

            - Obtain a faculty appointment in the School of Medicine
            - Apply for promotion to the next higher rank
       3.  Find online resources that can be used to enhance their teaching skills and clinical expertise

Technology Requirements:
Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash which can be downloaded for free at

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine and the Georgia Statewide Area Health Education Centers. The Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.