About the Program
The Office of Faculty Development offers a program in Peer Coaching for any Baylor College of Medicine faculty member who wishes to have his/her educational activities reviewed. This process is based on direct interactions between the faculty member and an assigned coach that includes confidential discussions, observation, feedback and a formal report (for details see Peer Coaching Process). Peer coaching can be requested for a variety of educational settings, such as lectures, clinical rounds, or one-on-one interactions.
Regular educator review is a central mechanism for the continuing improvement of educational skills (see How to Set Up a Peer Coaching Session). Documentation from this process is particularly valuable in applying for teaching awards (e.g. F&J Award) and/or promotion (as part of your educational portfolio).
References to related websites, books and journal articles are provided for faculty members who desire to become more familiar with the peer coaching literature, as well as links to websites on educator peer mentoring and review topics at other schools and organizations in the United States.
Message from the Director
Have you ever wondered if you speak too fast in your presentation? If your PowerPoint slides are adequate? Are your learners engaged? Your patients pleased? Do you seem approachable, yet still professional? Do you achieve your scholastic goals?
As educators, we make constant efforts to stimulate and enhance learning. We make sure we transfer knowledge, perfect skills, and give feedback most efficiently so that both you and the learner grow from the experience. To do so, we too have to keep improving ourselves, as most of us are mentor to some and mentee of others at the same time. In fact, continuous education is vital, no matter at which level we are.
Our coaches are skilled observers who will watch you during your educational activity and will give you feedback based on what they saw. This is a great way to obtain assessments, not just from your learners, but from a person who knows what to look for and who will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses in the classroom, on rounds, or on the research bench.
Please feel free to contact us with your requests; we are here to support (not to criticize)! We look forward to working with you!