Faculty Development Consultation

SAEM supports the professional development of emergency medicine faculty and the efforts of department chairs and chiefs to establish successful faculty development programs at their home institutions. Toward that end, the Society offers to coordinate consultations in areas related to faculty development, provided by individuals with experience and expertise in those areas. Since the purposes for requesting such consultations vary, the nature and format of individual consultations is determined on a case-to-case basis following discussion between the individual requesting the consultation and the chair of the SAEM Consultation Service. Examples of possible types of faculty development consultations include, but are not limited to, the following:

Type 1 - Faculty Development Program Development – This consultation for new departments is aimed at helping them create a realistic faculty development program that takes into account the following factors: the mission of the institution, the requirements for academic advancement of faculty, resources available to support faculty development, and the specific interests and needs of current faculty. The consultation is provided by one or two consultants with experience in establishing faculty development programs, and involves meetings with some or all of the following: the medical school dean or designate, the hospital CEO or designate, the department chair (in cases where emergency medicine serves as a division of another department), the emergency medicine chair/chief and the emergency medicine faculty. The consultant will provide a written report with suggestions for the establishment of a faculty development program.

Type 2 - Faculty Development Program Assessment – This consultation for established departments provides an objective assessment of the current faculty development program with the aim of providing suggestions for how the program might be improved or expanded. The consultation is provided by one or two consultants with experience in establishing faculty development programs, and would involve a review of the department’s current faculty development program, an assessment of the success of the program in meeting its stated objectives, and a series of meetings with individuals, or groups of individuals, as described above for consultations aimed at program development. The consultant will provide a written report that includes an assessment of the current faculty development program and suggestions for ways in which it might be improved or expanded.

Type 3 - Focused Consultation in Specific Areas of Faculty Development – This consultation is aimed at augmenting an existing faculty development program by providing focused consultation in specific areas of faculty development by consultants with in-depth expertise in those areas. The topic areas are chosen by the department chair/chief in consultation with the chair of the Consultation Service (a list of possible topics is shown below). The consultation would consist of formal lectures, group discussions and/or one-on-one sessions, as jointly determined by the department chair/chief and the consultant. Given the nature of this consultation, a written report is not provided.

Topic Areas

  • Academic Promotion in the Clinical Track
  • Academic Promotion in the Research Track
  • Minority Faculty Development
  • Faculty Development for Women
  • Faculty Development for Junior Faculty
  • Faculty Development for Senior Faculty
  • Organization, Prioritization and Time Management
  • Bedside and Classroom Teaching Skills
  • Undertaking Administrative Responsibilities
  • Involvement with Professional Organizations
  • Leadership and Mentorship
  • Grantsmanship
  • Academic Writing
  • Medical Student Course Development

Type 4 - Individualized Consultation – Consultations can be structured to meet the individual needs of departments. Such consultations may contain elements of the previously described consultations or other topic areas as determined by the department chair/chief in discussion with the chair of the Consultation Service.

To request a consultation, please contact the SAEM Office.