Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers  


Objectives | Center Funding | Dissemination Model | Facilitator Training at Stanford
Program Dissemination | Program Evaluation
DirectorsPhoto of Directors
Kelley M. Skeff, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Georgette A. Stratos, PhD
Senior Research Scholar
Stanford University School of Medicine


The Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical teachers has two major objectives:

Since 1986, the Stanford Faculty Development Center (SFDC) has trained physician faculty to provide ongoing faculty development in subject areas critical to medical education and practice:

  • Clinical Teaching
  • Geriatrics in Primary Care
  • Preventive Medicine
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Medical Decision Making
  • Professionalism in
    Contemporary Practice

The SFDC has responded to recognized needs for faculty development in these areas as well as a lack of available on-site programs at most institutions. Trained facilitators deliver faculty development curricula to colleagues and residents in local, regional, national and international settings. To date, SFDC programs have been disseminated to well over 15,000 medical teachers worldwide.

Graduates of all of the SFDC programs are available to conduct workshops at other institutions, and at regional and national meetings. Large groups of participants can be accommodated by using a number of trained facilitators to work with small, break-out groups. Please contact us for further information.

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Center Funding

The program is currently supported with funding from the Stanford School of Medicine. In the past, we have received support from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.

Dissemination Model

The center uses a train-the-trainer approach in which selected faculty participate in a 1-month facilitator-training course at Stanford. Following the training, these faculty return to their home institutions able to deliver a series of eight seminars in one of the program content areas for fellow faculty and residents.

Dissemination model

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Facilitator Training at Stanford
The intensive, month-long facilitator training includes didactic sessions, readings, group discussion, role-play exercises, video-assisted feedback on practice teaching, guest lectures, and home-site program implementation sessions.

Participating faculty-trainees receive training in:

Program Dissemination

Since 1986, 343 medical faculty from 146 institutions have been trained as seminar facilitators.

Participating institutions are affiliated with approximately 65% of U.S. medical schools and include university, Veterans Affairs, military, and community-based programs. Approximately 20% of participating institutions are located in 15 other countries: Argentina, Canada, Chile, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand. Over 50% of these institutions have sent more than one faculty member to be trained at Stanford. Twenty-three percent have sent three or more trainees.

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Program Evaluation

Program evaluation focuses on both the effectiveness of the facilitator training at Stanford and the impact of the seminars delivered by facilitators at their home sites. A variety of measures have been used to assess the effects of the training on the seminar facilitators and the teachers who attend their seminars. These include: self-report, content knowledge tests, video review, ratings of facilitators by home-site seminar participants and structured interviews..

Overall conclusions:

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Last modified 03.20.2015



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