Teaching requires unique skills, which can be taught. TOPCE - Training Osteopathic Primary Care Educators - is a starting point for anyone who wants to teach people to become medical professionals. TOPCE programs occur at national conferences like the AACOM Annual Meeting, the AOA OMED Conference, and local meetings at individual schools. There are also web resources, and resource pages that point people to other resources that could help in learning the skills needed to be a good educator.
Topics covered by TOPCE include effective precepting, how to provide feedback to your students, the role of assessment in education and how to effectively provide summative and formative assessments for students. And scholarship and research for faculty at colleges of osteopathic medicine are covered in the TOPCE programs.
Personalized programs for helping faculty members become better teachers can be developed in partnership with TOPCE faculty. Learn more and see sample TOPCE programming.
Videos and Presentations
The Effective Preceptor
View the video (8:07) Download the related handout (pdf, 5 pages)
Stephen S. Davis, PhD, USAF Major Retired, Director, Faculty Development, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine/Center for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE)
A Curriculum on Curriculum: For Osteopathic Educators
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What is a curriculum? What does curriculum mean? Who develops a curriculum and why? This presentation has the basics that a person should know before putting together a curriculum.
Having MDs Precept Osteopathic Medical Students in OMM
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Discussion of indications and contraindications for the most common techniques and the knowledge necessary to supervise osteopathic medical students in OMM are provided in these videos.
Osteopathic medical students, interns and residents may train in settings where DO attending physicians are not always available, or qualified preceptors to oversee the performance of osteopathic manual medicine may be limited. The ATSU-SOMA has developed a program to have MDs oversee the performance of OMM by osteopathic students, by developing a list of the ten most used techniques in osteopathic manual medicine, and then training allopathic physicians to supervise (not perform) these procedures.
Introduction to Osteopathic Medicine for Non-DO Faculty:
What Makes an Osteopathic Education Different?
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Accreditation standards require that each osteopathic medical education program provide faculty devepment for its staff, including an orientation to osteopathic medicine for non-DO faculty. Use the links below to view an orientation to osteopathic medicine.
COM Faculty Development Resources
The following links are resources our member schools have been willing to share:
Please contact Luke H. Mortensen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have online Faculty Development materials you are willing to share.