Faculty Development and Fellowship

Faculty Development Program: Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved

More than 200 faculty and physicians from across the country have attended the innovative Faculty Development Program "Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved" since 1999. Under the direction of Dr. Ellen Beck, the program provides the physician with the administrative, scholarly, and teaching skills to develop and implement programs in the primary care of the underserved.

The 3-week course curriculum features lecture, self-directed study, and experiential learning in the following areas: Community Health (Environmental/Occupational, Promotoras model, inner city schools, student-run free clinics), Teaching Skills (presentation skills, course design, program evaluation, Scholarly Skills (needs assessment, collecting data, using data to change policy), and Administration Skills (leadership development, small group facilitation, rotation implementation, community collaboration).

Designed to aid the practicing or teaching physician to develop teaching programs for medical students or residents in community and underserved medicine, engage in scholarly projects in care of the underserved, and create community-based programs, this Faculty Development Program has also motivated its participants to take on high-visibility leadership roles. Alumni of the Program will also attend and call informal meetings at national conferences sponsored by such organizations as the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the American College of Physicians.

The UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project model has been replicated in more than 15 other communities across the nation.

Faculty Development Program: Addressing the Oral Health Needs of the Underserved

The medical faculty development program has been operating since 1999. In 2013, we created a companion program for dentists and dental faculty entitled “Addressing the Oral Health Needs of the Underserved.” Similar to the medical faculty development program, it helps dental faculty learn core faculty skills, such as curriculum development and grant-writing, teaches how to create effective, empowering, community academic partnerships in which the community has a key role, and provides opportunity for personal and professional renewal.

Faculty Development Programs: Advanced Skills

Alumni of the medical and dental faculty development programs return for a yearly weeklong workshop in which they continue to do group problem-solving, acquire skills, and address personal and professional renewal.

Fellowship in Underserved Healthcare

In 2006, we created the first Fellowship in Underserved Healthcare in the nation to recognize that there were graduating physicians and other health professionals who wanted to devote their careers to working with the undersered and who wanted to acquire and strengthen the necessary skills to be a clinician, teacher, and leader in this field. Since its inception, more than 10 fellows -- including both medical and dental leaders -- have completed the Fellowship and gone on to careers in underserved healthcare.

Many of our transdisciplinary clinic leaders have completed the Faculty Development Program and/or Fellowship in Underserved Healthcare.