To the point: medical education reviews-ongoing call for faculty development

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Sep;205(3):171-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2011.02.070. Epub 2011 Mar 5.


This article in the To the Point series will focus on best practices regarding faculty development in medical education in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Faculty development is an essential component in achieving teacher and learner satisfaction as well as improving learner outcomes. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education requires medical school faculty to have the capability and longitudinal commitment to be effective teachers. Although many programs have been created to address faculty development, there remains a paucity of literature documenting the impact of these programs on learner outcomes. We reviewed the qualities of an excellent medical educator, expectations regarding medical school teaching faculty, elements of comprehensive faculty development programs, and outcome measures for evaluating the effectiveness of these programs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Gynecology / education*
  • Humans
  • Obstetrics / education*
  • Professional Competence*
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Staff Development*