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Anatomy instruction at Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Family and Community Medicine
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Director's Message

Welcome to the education programs of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. We have a vibrant group of faculty who share the common mission and guiding principles described below. With this vision, the education group is continually striving to provide excellent predoctoral, residency and faculty development programs. I invite you to visit each program's site to get a glimpse of why we are excited about the future of medical education in our department.

Jane E. Corboy, M.D.
Vice Chair for Education

Mission Statement

  • We seek to use our expertise in educational theory, research and practice to contribute to the General Professional Education of the Physician (GPEP) by providing generalist medical education, promoting life-long learning, continuously developing quality process-oriented education, and fostering community-responsive educational outcomes.
  • We strive to be learner-centered, to give effective feedback, and to define the products and measure the outcomes of our programs as they pertain to students, residents, fellows, faculty teachers and practicing physicians.
  • We provide both direct patient contact and non-clinical educational experiences, so learners complete the entire experiential learning cycle of concrete experience, active experimentation, reflective observation and abstract conceptualization.
  • We strive for coordination of the departmental educational efforts across all levels of the medical education spectrum: predoctoral, residency and post-graduate, including faculty development and continuing medical education.
  • We champion teaching and learning as core activities of our department, valued aspects of faculty identity, worthy areas of research and scholarship, essential components of faculty evaluation, and legitimate factors in reward and promotion.

Guiding Principles

  • The department must embrace the dynamic tension between education and clinical practice in order to provide both commendable patient care and laudable education.
  • The residents in our diverse residency tracks must hold a core identity and demonstrate common competencies, which distinguish them as graduates of the Baylor Family Medicine Residency Program. Each track, however, should develop distinctive features that prepare residents to meet the needs of the health care environment and to respond to the career interests of students and residents.
  • Despite differences in learners, there are commonalties among predoctoral, residency and postgraduate education that unite the educational effort of the department:
    • Emphasizing learner-centered education
    • Aspiring to define the products of our programs
    • Seeking to impart skills in life-long learning
    • Striving to measure those outcomes
    • Stressing evaluation of learners and teachers
    • Providing feedback to learners, teachers and program directors
  • It is essential to build and maintain ties and commitment to our community preceptors
  • The educational effort should provide opportunities for faculty scholarship, i.e., dissemination of what we do/outcomes/etc. through presentations and publications.
  • The educational effort of our department is to contribute broadly to the education of all Baylor students and community physicians. Our reach goes beyond teaching family medicine to family practice students and residents. We recognize that some generalist competencies and values must be appropriately taught to all learners.

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