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Medical Education

NAOME Scholarship Categories

Faculty must demonstrate scholarship in one of the following four categories. Scholarship moves beyond excellent practice to the development of peer-reviewed educational products that are publicly available.

Teaching and Evaluation

Teaching and Evaluation may include preparation and delivery of lectures; facilitating small-group learning; tutoring/mentoring learners in a one-on-one setting; presentation of education-related programs; and designing/assisting in learner assessment (OSCEs, SP encounters).  The learners can be students, faculty (in faculty development settings), or other learners related to osteopatic medical education.  The learning environments may include nontraditional delivery systems such as developing and maintaining a website/online modules.

Evidence of quality of teaching and evaluation should include educator goals, preparation to teach, ongoing personal development in education, student evaluations, peer evaluations, course director evaluations or comments, letters of support, and outcomes measures, including student performance. Further, diversity of teaching might include the variety of courses taught, styles/formats used, levels of learners, etc. Where appropriate, indicate how osteopathic principles and practices have been integrated into the program as well as those methods used to facilitate seamless integration of those characteristics by osteopathic practitioners-in-training. 

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Development of Enduring Educational Materials

The development of durable educational materials may include authoring a textbook or chapter; publishing a review article in an area which would aid learners; preparation of teaching cases/clinical presentations; developing nontraditional artifacts such as developing and maintaining a web site/online modules; authoring exam questions for national boards, etc. To qualify as "durable," the materials must be available over an extended period of time for use by educators other than the author. To qualify as "educational," the materials must be designed explicitly to promote learners' knowledge, skills or attitudes.

Evidence of quality of curricular and durable educational materials is demonstrated through a description of the educator's rationale for the development of such materials; a description of preparation and ongoing professional development in an area enabling the continued production of such materials; letters of support; peer review of materials in use; use statistics; and learner evaluations of the materials. Diversity of materials may be demonstrated via the number of different formats in the design of the materials and the number of distinct content areas addressed. As appropriate, materials should visualize the integration of osteopathic principles and practices and encourage an osteopathic perspective.

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Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership should include significant leadership in curriculum development or education-related administration. This may be demonstrated by providing leadership on education-related committees; applying for and (in most cases) receiving and productively utilizing medical education grant funds; letters of support; serving as course, program or clerkship director; leadership of mission-critical teams; and/or college-wide or profession-wide educational leadership service.  As appropriate, educational leadership should visualize the integration of osteopathic principles and practices and encourage an osteopathic perspective.

Evidence of quality of educational leadership may include peer evaluation; statements of committee/program goals; 360° evaluation; recognition - local or national; and measurable outcomes resulting from educational leadership. Diversity may be demonstrated through the varied styles/formats used in program delivery.

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Educational Research

Educational Research is demonstrated through investigation of specific education-related questions and dissemination of the results, formally or informally. This may include original or applied education research; organizing and reporting curricular or program outcomes information; needs assessment analysis and reporting; and authoring review articles in medical education.

Evidence of quality of educational research may include peer-reviewed publication of research studies/analyses; internal recognition of education-related investigations; peer evaluations of research products; and outcomes measures such as change implemented as a result of research.

As appropriate, evidence of the relevance of the educational research to the osteopathic profession may be demonstrated through a specific statement of questions and research methodology related to osteopathic principles and practices.

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