The MacNeal Family Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship was developed in 2002 to address a perceived need for increasing fellowship-trained family physician faculty, especially in community hospital-based programs. We welcomed our first fellow in July, 2003. Since its inception, nine fellows have completed the fellowship with five of them doing the two-year MPH option.
The fellowship curriculum covers four areas: clinical skills, teaching skills, administrative skills, and scholarly activity skills.
The fellow sees patients in our FMC one to two half days a week and is asked to identify one or two clinical areas that he/she want to enhance or acquire during the fellowship. Time is scheduled during the fellowship until competency is met in these areas. For those interested in doing obstetrics, longitudinal experience includes managing the board in L&D one half-day a week, carrying several continuity obstetric patients throughout the fellowship, and supervising resident deliveries by the end of fellowship.
Seminars, with topic-specific goals and objectives and relevant readings, occur 1-2 times a month throughout the fellowship. Teaching skills, including hands-on observed and videotaped precepting, are focused on in the first few months to permit prompt inclusion of the fellow into having his/her own half-day precepting slots 4-5 times a week. There is also an opportunity to participate in the Scholars for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship through the University of Illinois Department of Medical Education. The fellow will also serve as attending on our Family Medicine Service about four weeks a year or more depending on their interest in inpatient medicine.
Seminars on various relevant topics are augmented by having the fellow participate in our weekly faculty meetings, oversee an area of the curriculum, and participate in our Annual Program Review.
Scholarly Activity Skills
For the fellow choosing the two year MPH option, the Capstone requirement fulfills the fellowship’s scholarly activity requirement. Fellows doing the one-year fellowship are expected to make significant progress on a research project during their fellowship.
Two-year Fellowship with Master of Public Health
The two-year fellowship encompasses all aspects of the one-year fellowship as the fellow completes all of the master’s coursework on a part-time basis over two years while adapting the fellowship research project to fulfill the Capstone requirement for the master’s degree. Areas of focus available to the two-year fellows include: Community Health Sciences, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Policy and Administration. Tuition is provided through the fellowship.
Two-year Fellowship with Post-graduate Diploma in Medical Education
This program is an online diploma offered through the University of Dundee in Scotland. Tuition is provided for the diploma coursework. Completion of a thesis or journal article plus an additional module would lead to a Master of Medical Education degree from the University of Dundee but the time required to complete the requirements is greater than the two years of the fellowship. The fellow has the option of pursuing the masters degree after the fellowship but that cost would be born by the fellow.
The applicant must be a board-certified graduate of an approved family medicine residency program and have an interest in teaching in family medicine. We currently don’t sponsor visas.
The fellowship offers a stipend and benefits that are highly competitive with other fellowship programs.
For additional information and application instructions, contact:
Edward C. Foley, M.D., M.P.H.
MacNeal Family Medicine Residency Program
3231 S. Euclid Avenue, 5th Floor
Berwyn, IL 60402