Certificate Programs

Medical School Faculty Fundamentals


This assessment-based online program includes 14 self-led courses with assignments to provide foundational training for medical school faculty. Completion of the program requires approximately 35 hours and covers:

  • The structure and requirements of medical education
  • How to be an effective and efficient faculty member
  • The nuts and bolts of curriculum development and teaching
  • Strategies for assessment, feedback, and evaluation of medical students
  • Academic advancement

To graduate, participants must complete all courses and assignments and pass a final exam. Courses include readings, videos, interactive modules, quizzes, and assignments. 

Graduates receive a certificate, a letter of congratulations noting the accomplishment, a letter to their department chair, and a press release to distribute locally. They are also listed on the STFM website. A total of 35 CME credits are available for completion of this course. 



STFM member price: $995.

Non-STFM member price: $1,495. Visit our membership page to learn more about the benefits of membership. 

If you previously purchased the Residency Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program, you can purchase the complete Medical School Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program for $495




What You Need to Know

As a participant: 

  • You must complete all courses and assignments within 12 months to graduate.
  • You will receive feedback from the course faculty instructor on some assignments.
  • You will need to set aside significant time for a few assignments, including curriculum development, scholarly activity, and practicing feedback. 
  • You will need to communicate with senior faculty at your institution for some assignments.
  • You will be invited to join the optional Medical School Faculty Fundamentals Facebook Group with other participants.
  • You must pass the final exam to graduate and earn the certificate. You may take the exam three times.

How to Enroll

If you have an STFM account, click My Account to log in, then use the Store link at the top of your profile page to purchase the course.

If you don't have an stfm.org account, click Create Account to make one, then use the Store link at the top of your profile page to purchase the course.

If you would like to pay by mail or fax, download this PDF form.

Program Details


This Enduring Material activity, Medical School Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 35.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 08/01/2019. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The Medical School Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program was developed by the STFM Medical Student Education (MSE) Committee, STFM staff, and subject matter experts over past 2 years.

What Is a Certificate Program?

An assessment-based certificate program is different than a certificate of attendance/participation and professional certification. “An assessment-based certificate program is a non-degree granting program that:

  • Provides instruction and training to aid participants in acquiring specific knowledge, skills, and/or competencies associated with intended learning outcomes;
  • Evaluates participants’ achievement of the intended learning outcomes; and
  • Awards a certificate only to those participants who meet the performance, proficiency or passing standard for the assessment(s).”

1. Institute for Credentialing Excellence. Defining Features of Quality Certification and Assessment-Based Certificate Programs. http://www.credentialingexcellence.org/d/do/71. Accessed March 28, 2016.

Course List

  • Time Management
  • Incorporating Students Into Your Clinical Workflow
  • LCME and COCA Requirements
  • Academic Structure and Professional Advancement
  • Scholarly Activity
  • Writing for Academic Publication
  • Curriculum Development
  • Classroom Teaching
  • Clinical Teaching Skills
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Giving Feedback
  • Advising Medical Students
  • Establishing Professional Boundaries
  • Medical Students in Difficulty


Contact Brian Hischier, Manager of Online Education, at bhischier@stfm.org or 913.800.5198.