Faculty Development Program Mission

In keeping with the mission of TUCOM, the Faculty Development Program has been designed to enrich the experience of the faculty who seek to prepare our osteopathic students. The faculty development program offers opportunities for professional advancement in academic medicine, research, scholarship, communication, professionalism, leadership, and medical knowledge.  Additionally, the program recognizes and supports adult development, collaborative learning, and service.

A Competency Based Curriculum for Faculty

The faculty development program, like our medical student training is based on a curricular framework of six core competencies. Topics of learning are divided into four main learning areas. The key learning areas are aligned with the 6 core competencies of faculty development.

Faculty Competencies

1. Academic Medicine

• Be able to design effective medical training curriculum components and framework

• Deliver curriculum to medical trainees appropriate at each level of training

• Review, assess and recommend changes to Curriculum for continued improvement of curriculum

2. Medical Knowledge

• Understand and apply osteopathic principles and practice at a level appropriate for one’s role in the institution

• Teach content and assess each learner’s abilities within their field of expertise

• Demonstrate continued growth and change within one’s field of expertise

3. Interpersonal Communication Skills

• Flexibly tailor teaching and communication styles to facilitate learning

• Communicate effectively with colleagues and within institutional systems to facilitate growth and improvement

• Develop mentorship skills that sustain a positive focus on the career growth of all stakeholders (students, faculty and staff)

• Seamless integration of empathetic listening skills

• Effectively communicate expectations, summative and formative assessments and evaluations

4. Professionalism and Leadership

• Demonstrate a commitment to mission responsibilities

• Demonstrate a commitment to both learner’s success, well-being and to helping learners grow into their professional roles

• Demonstrate best educational and content related practices including a commitment to life-long learning

• Role model behavior for learners, including ethical behavior and accountability.

• Understand diversity and cultural differences and role model respectful and supportive behavior and demonstrate humanistic behavior and cultural competency

5. Practice Based Learning and Improvement

• Effectively use Research and Scholarship in career development and practice

• Effectively use scholarly and practical approaches in evaluation and development of curriculum and in clinical practice

• Model the appropriate use of evidence based medicine for example, in choosing curricular content or in clinical practice

• Model and mentor both faculty and students in the process of research and scholarly activity

• Demonstrate a developed understanding of practitioner/researcher bias

6. Systems Based Practice

• Utilize resources within the larger system of medical education to advocate for learners and to provide optimal teaching and learning

• Utilize resources within the institution and the larger system of medical education to further personal and professional growth and development

• Understand, at a level appropriate for the stakeholder, the variant health care delivery models and be able to integrate this information into student learning experience.

• Meaningful incorporation of structural competency into learning outcomes

• Quality improvement


Our Clinical Faculty Development Program is a key part of the TUCOM Competency Based Faculty Development Program. We believe the clinical portion of our program is essential to support our clinical and adjunct faculty in their roles as teachers, mentors, and leaders to our students.  Our program promotes professional advancement in educational and leadership skills, as well as personal development. Many offerings in our Clinical Faculty development include both AMA and AOA CME credits for participating faculty. We offer live, remote and asynchronous learning opportunities. Faculty interested in further developing their academic skills are also welcome to attend our Core Faculty academic sessions on campus and remotely when offered. Additionally, we actively strive to help clinical sites meet ACCGME Common Core guidelines for faculty development, systems based practice and quality improvement, practiced based learning and improvement, professionalism and leadership and academic learning.


You can access also access our CME calendar of events for live, online and asynchronous activities through our CME portal.

For help with your institutional CME, please reach out to:
Jennifer Weiss, DO
Assistant Dean of Faculty Development
Director of Clinical Distinction
Associate Professor
Touro University, CA