Long-term follow-up of a longitudinal faculty development program in teaching skills

J Gen Intern Med. 2005 Aug;20(8):721-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1497.2005.0145.x.


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.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Faculty, Medical*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Staff Development*