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Through the Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs (OSCEP), the Carver College of Medicine instituted a faculty development program for community-based preceptors in 1997. A collegiate planning group (representatives of the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education, primary care departments, and OSCEP) meet on a regular basis to help define needs and determine topics. Collegiate faculty present workshops in Iowa communities on a biannual basis in collaboration with six regional medical education centers. Since 1997, collegiate faculty development efforts have garnered 3,401 workshop faculty attendees at over 186 workshops.
In 2003, the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education (OCRME) expanded the program to include the Community Teaching Scholars (CTS) program funded by the federal Health Resources Services Administration. The CTS program was established to support community-based medical educators by developing a corps of faculty from their community to provide teaching workshops and consultation locally. The Community Teaching Scholars meet twice a year in Iowa City for sessions on instructional design, clinical updates, and workshop development.
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