Background: The long-term impact of longitudinal faculty development programs (FDPs) is not well understood.
Objective: To follow up past participants in the Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Program in Teaching Skills and members of a comparison group in an effort to describe the long-term impact of the program.
Design and participants: In July 2002, we surveyed all 242 participants in the program from 1987 through 2000, and 121 members of a comparison group selected by participants as they entered the program from 1988 through 1995.
Measurements: Professional characteristics, scholarly activity, teaching activity, teaching proficiency, and teaching behaviors.
Results: Two hundred participants (83%) and 99 nonparticipants (82%) responded. When participants and nonparticipants from 1988 to 1995 were compared, participants were more likely to have taught medical students and house officers in the last year (both P<.05). Participants rated their proficiency for giving feedback more highly (P<.05). Participants scored higher than nonparticipants for 14 out of 15 behaviors related to being learner centered, building a supportive learning environment, giving and receiving feedback, and being effective leaders, half of which were statistically significant (P<.05). When remote and recent participants from 1987 through 2000 were compared with each other, few differences were found.
Conclusions: Participation in the longitudinal FDP was associated with continued teaching activities, desirable teaching behaviors, and higher self-assessments related to giving feedback and learner centeredness. Institutions should consider supporting faculty wishing to participate in FDPs in teaching skills.