Family Medicine Physician Faculty Development:

Developing Leaders in Residency Training and Scholars in Cultural Competency

Sponsored by HRSA and the WMMC Family Medicine Residency Program

This project has concluded.

Four one-year fellowships were conducted from 2012 through 2016 especially for physician faculty, focusing on developing leaders in all areas of residency training. The goal was to enhance the teaching of future clinicians and to grow new skills of curriculum design and innovation in medical education to develop a "Cool Idea" to improve an element of the participants' residency programs.


  • • The ACGME competencies that underlie all primary care skills;
  • • The cultural competence skills required in caring for vulnerable and underserved populations;
  • • Skills required for working in patient-centered medical homes.


Use the skills of curriculum design and innovation in medical education to develop a “cool idea”, submit an abstract and present a poster.

About the Fellowship

Who: All physicians who taught family medicine residents were eligible. Special preference was given to those who work in underserved areas or within FQHC’s, or who are members of underserved groups.

What: Monthly two-hour online interactive workshops on the Blackboard Collaborate platform introduced participants to teaching culturally responsive care (awareness, knowledge, skills) and to teaching and assessing learners in the six ACGME competencies. The virtual classroom allowed participants to fully collaborate in real time and all sessions were recorded and archived for future reference. Curricular materials and participant products will be available online. The fellowship concluded in February 2016 with a three-day on-site capstone experience including participation in the USC-sponsored Innovations in Medical Education Conference.

Where: An orientation session and twelve workshops were held online. The onsite activities were held at the Innovations in Medical Education Conference and at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles.

When: 1) Twelve Wednesday evenings, 5 pm – 7 pm Pacific / 8 pm – 10 pm Eastern and 2) Three days onsite, Saturday – Monday.

Benefits for Participants: 1) Opportunity to work with colleagues that share interests in and passion for residency education and culturally responsive health care; 2) Enhanced confidence, awareness, knowledge and skills in curriculum design, teaching and assessment; 3) Enhanced knowledge of learning principles and skills in educational scholarship; and 4) Development and submission of an Abstract and Poster to the IME Conference.

Continuing Medical Education Credits: The live activity, Family Medicine Physician Faculty Development: Developing Leaders in Residency Training and Scholars in Cultural Competency, was reviewed and acceptable for up to 32 Prescribed credits each year by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Please contact us for more information.

For more information or to register, send an email to Pam Teplitz, Project Manager,
or Erasmo “Tony” Cortez, JD, Administrator of Special Projects,
or call (323) 260-5789

This Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Primary Care Training and Enhancement, Physician Faculty Development in Primary Care Program award #D55HP23212-01-00.