Community-based physicians serve as faculty as well as role models, guiding students through the MU Rural Track Clerkship Program and serving as mentors for professional as well as personal development. Students often attend community events with their preceptors and engage in the social life of the community.

For questions regarding clerkship curriculum, student expectations or evaluations, please contact the clerkship coordinator for the respective clerkship you teach.

March 17 • April 21 • May 19 • June 16

Noon to 1 p.m.

Reserve your spot and REGISTER today!

The MU School of Medicine (SOM) Teaching Scholars Program is a partnership between the SOM Rural Track Program and the MU Teaching for Learning Center. The program will create a community of practice for community-based faculty educators by highlighting important educational theory and applying it to teaching medical students in a community setting. The program will utilize theory and concepts from How Learning Works and identified teaching competencies for community-based faculty to expand knowledge of learning theory to improve teaching quality.

The course consists of 4 live Zoom sessions on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Participants will have access to podcasts in between live sessions featuring topics on educational theory and perspectives from physician-educators. Participants will respond to reflection questions and share their experiences with the group via GroupMe, a text-based discussion forum. GroupMe set-up instructions and support will be provided for participants during the first live session.

Who: Up to 80 MU School of Medicine Community-based Faculty

Where: Live sessions via Zoom - March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16 Noon to 1 p.m.

Why Participate:

  • Improve your skills as a community-based faculty
  • Build your teaching toolbox
  • Learn best practices from your peers
  • Become part of a community of practice of teaching faculty from across the state
  • Earn up to 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
  • Receive a stipend of $100. Participants who complete all four live Zoom sessions will receive a stipend of $400.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Learn educational concepts supported by empirical research to enhance medical students' training in your clinic
  • Establish supportive, inclusive learning environments
  • Enhance your teaching and evaluating skills by encouraging lifelong learning, through activating student prior knowledge and recognizing the knowledge gap between yourself and your students

Questions: Contact Dr. Laura Johnson

Teaching Physician-Faculty Development Resources

The MU Rural Track Pipeline Program (MURTPP) has purchased a subscription for all of our community-based faculty to Teaching Physician, an innovative web resource available at The website offers over 180 pages of content, including quick tips, answers to frequently asked questions, curated links to in-depth information, video demonstrations, and audio interviews. About 10% of the content is specifically for family medicine physicians, but the rest is applicable to any specialty. Access has been granted as an optional, supplemental resources to complement the current MU curriculum and evaluations practices.

You may earn up to 40 CME credits through AAFP during the 3/15/2020 to 3/15/2021 application term, or you may print the certificate to submit to your organization if you are not an AAFP member. After reviewing each content area, complete the evaluation, and click the link to report to the AAFP or print. We believe the Teaching Physician web resources will be extremely beneficial to you as a community-based faculty member, and we hope this helps you in acquiring CME credits since many in-person conferences have been canceled due to the pandemic.

The content is organized into twelve sections:

  • Preparation
  • Residents as Teachers
  • Orienting a learner
  • Precepting Principles
  • What to Teach
  • Teaching Strategies
  • Professionalism
  • EHR and Health Informatics
  • Feedback
  • Evaluation
  • Learners in Difficulty
  • After the Rotation

The log in credentials have been emailed to our community-based faculty and will be sent monthly with the Focus of the Month publication, but you may also contact the MU site administrator, Sheila Marushak or for assistance.


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