Faculty development, or staff development as it is often called, has become an increasingly important component of medical education, and most medical schools now offer formal faculty development programs and activities, consisting of workshops and seminars, short courses, or longitudinal programs and fellowships. However, faculty development can occur in a variety of contexts and settings, and often begins with informal learning in the workplace. The goal of this seminar is to broaden our perspective and examine informal approaches to faculty development which might include learning from experience (which often occurs through observation and reflection), learning from peers and students, and learning from mentors. We will also discuss how workplace learning can play a critical role in the development of faculty members and how we can promote faculty development in the workplace. In closing, the role of workplace learning in creating a community of practice will be explored, as will ways in which to help our colleagues value the community of which they are a part.
Yvonne Steinert, a clinical psychologist and Professor of Family Medicine, is the Director of the Centre for Medical Education and the Richard and Sylvia Cruess Chair in Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, educational research, and the design and delivery of faculty development programs and activities. Her research interests focus on teaching and learning in the health professions, the impact of faculty development on the individual and the organization, professional identity formation, and the continuing professional development of faculty members. She has written extensively on the topic of faculty development and medical education and frequently addresses medical educators at both national and international meetings. Dr. Steinert is the former Associate Dean of Faculty Development at McGill University, Past-President of the Canadian Association for Medical Education, chair of the McGill BEME International Collaborating Centre, and the recipient of a number of awards in recognition of her achievements in medical education.