Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators

Faculty Development Learning Modules

These online faculty development learning modules were created by Instructional Design & Development in collaboration with Northwestern Medicine faculty. See the individual descriptions for information about CME eligibility.

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 Direct Observation in the Clinical Setting

Completion time: 20 minutes

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. List the benefits of direct observation as an assessment strategy
  2. Compare different strategies to improve assessment feasibility in an office ambulatory setting
  3. Identify at least two best practices for providing feedback after a direct observation assessment

Credit Designation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 Assessment of Medical Students in Small Groups

Completion time: 14 minutes

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Create a toolkit to take notes in the moment during small-group sessions
  2. Provide effective real-time and written feedback
  3. Provide students with specific and concrete feedback about their performance in small-group settings
  4. Understand how this feedback is used to track students' progress and growth

Credit Designation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 Written Assessment of Undergraduate Medical Students in Clinical Clerkships

Completion time: 20 minutes

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Provide written feedback based on observable behaviors
  2. Provide actionable suggestions for improvement
  3. Identify how behavioral anchors on assessment forms and written feedback are related
  4. Avoid common pitfalls in providing written feedback

Credit Designation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 Assessment of Medical Students in Problem-Based Learning

Completion time: 20 minutes

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Provide written feedback based on observable behaviors
  2. Differentiate between more effective and less effective feedback
  3. Provide feedback with concrete suggestions for improvement
  4. Align written comments to behavioral anchors on assessment forms

Credit Designation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 Clinical Presentations and Verbal Feedback

Completion time: 20 minutes

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Distinguish the most important aspects of a clinical presentation
  2. Understand the challenges of each clinical presentation element
  3. Provide concrete and actionable verbal feedback to a clinical presenter

Credit Designation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Disclosure Statement: Drs. Walter Eppich, Vinky Chadha, Brigid Dolan and Kathryn Hufmeyer have nothing to disclose. The course director, Dr. Walter Eppich, and planning committee members, Dr. Marianne Green, Dr. Patricia Garcia, Dr. Vinky Chadha, Dr. John X. Thomas, and Jim Brucker, have nothing to disclose. FSM’s CME Leadership and Staff have nothing to disclose: John X. Thomas, Jr., PhD, Sr. Associate Dean for Medical Education, Clara J. Schroedl, MD, Director of Continuing Medical Education, Sheryl Corey, Manager of Continuing Medical Education, Jen Banys, Michelle Mallery, and Tristan Brown, CME Project Specialists.

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