Two programs at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville are making significant strides to advance medicine on and off the Jacksonville campus.
The Center for Medical Education Research and Scholarship, or CREATORS, officially launched in 2022 to advance faculty knowledge and skills in clinical teaching, assessment, program evaluation, medical education or quality improvement/patient safety research and scholarship.
“This is a center of excellence to support academic faculty,” said the center’s director Colleen J. Kalynych, EdD, senior lecturer and assistant dean for medical education. “Our goal is to aid in the development and recruitment of faculty while engaging them to be more involved in medical education, research and scholarship.”
CREATORS accomplishes this in multiple ways:
- The CREATORS Scholar Program
- Faculty development sessions
- Educational development certificate programs
- Tuesday Teaching Tips program
- Graduate Certificate in Applied Public Health & Medical Education Research in partnership with the University of North Florida
- Peer Review of Teaching Program
- Consultation Services
The center affords faculty the opportunity to participate in continuing medical education and training required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
“Faculty satisfaction improves when you provide enhancement opportunities to gain experience and potentially rise in the professorial ranks,” said Kalynych. “They can take these skills and create more opportunity to publish and will be formally trained to present on the national level.”