Certificate Programs

Medical School Faculty Fundamentals

Coming Soon!

Launching June 2019

This assessment-based online program will include self-led courses with assignments to provide foundational training for medical school faculty. Completion of the program will require approximately 30 hours and cover:

  • 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 will receive a certificate, a letter of congratulations noting the accomplishment, a letter to their program director, and a press release to distribute locally. They will also be listed on the STFM website.

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 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 your program director and/or other faculty 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.

Available Spring 2019

STFM members will be able to purchase the program for $995.

If you are not a member of STFM, you will be able to purchase this program for $1,495. Visit our membership page to learn more about the benefits of membership. 

What's a Certificate Program?

What's the difference between a certificate program, a certificate of participation and certification?

“The primary focus of an assessment-based certificate program is on facilitating the accomplishment of intended learning outcomes. Although assessment is an integral part of the certificate program, the primary purpose of the program is to provide education and training which supports the accomplishment of the intended learning outcomes. The certificate awarded designates that participants have completed the required education/training and demonstrated accomplishment of the intended learning outcomes.” 1

A certificate of attendance “signifies that a participant was present and in some cases that the participant actively participated in a program or event. Demonstration of accomplishment of the intended learning outcomes by participants is NOT a requirement for receiving the certificate; thus, possession of a certificate of attendance or participation does not indicate that the intended learning outcomes have been accomplished by the participant.”1

Professional certification “is a voluntary process by which individuals are evaluated against predetermined standards for knowledge, skills, or competencies. Participants who demonstrate that they meet the standards by successfully completing the assessment process are granted a time-limited credential. To retain the credential, certificants must maintain continued competence. The credential awarded by the certification program provider denotes that the participant possesses particular knowledge, skills, or competencies. Whereas the focus of an assessment-based certificate program is on education/training, the focus of professional/personnel certification is on the assessment of participants. Moreover, the assessment is independent of a specific class, course or other education/training program and also independent of any provider of classes, courses, or programs. The assessments are NOT designed to evaluate mastery of the intended learning outcomes of a specific class, course or education/training program and the certification program provider is NOT the sole provider of any education or training that may be required for certification.” 1

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 in Your New Role
  • Advising Medical Students
  • Giving Feedback
  • Curriculum Development
  • Clinical Teaching Skills
  • Classroom Teaching
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Scholarly Activity
  • Writing for Publication
  • Incorporating Students Into Your Clinical Workflow
  • Medical Students in Difficulty: Academic and Behavioral Problems
  • Structure and Funding of Medical Schools and Academic Advancement
  • LCME and COCA Requirements
  • Establishing Professional Boundaries


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

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June 26: #STFMChat: Monthly Twitter chat at 8pm CT

December 5-8: Conference on Practice & Quality Improvement




May 31: Deadline to apply for the Faculty Instructor position for the Medical School Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program


June 17: Call for presentations submission deadline for the Conference on Medical Student Education