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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Certificate in Academic Medicine


Graduate Certificate in Academic Medicine participants focus on developing a solid base of core academic skills and a commitment to a career of teaching, scholarly investigation and leadership in academic medicine. 

The curricular content will include the following topic concentration areas: Clinical Teaching, Curriculum Design, Presentation Skills, Professional Academic Development, and Research/Scholarly Activity Skills.


The training schedule has been formatted to optimize the learning experience and minimize the time participants are away from home and program/department.  Both format and content are focused on meeting the needs of today’s academicians and academic institutions.  The seven training sessions totaling 30 days will be held in Fort Worth, Texas and most will be an extended weekend format.  Between sessions, participants will be required to participate in distance learning activities including conference calls and email correspondence with instructors.  Participants will continue to work on Graduate Certificate in Academic Medicine (GCAM) projects during these interim periods, with guidance from instructors.

Specific training dates are selected each year with consideration of other activities including state and national meetings, holidays and the like.

Each course is offered once per academic year and must be completed in order during one academic year.  The Fellowship Dates for 2019-2020 are:

Fall Semester Spring Semester June Capstone
August 7 - 11, 2019 (Wed-Sun) January 8 - 12, 2020 (Wed-Sun) June 9 - 12, 2020 (Tue-Fri)
September 26 - 29, 2019 (Thur-Sun) February 27 - March 1, 2020 (Thur-Sun)  
November 14 - 17, 2019(Thur-Sun) April 16 - 19, 2020 (Thur-Sun)  

Program Goals and Objectives

Overall Goal

Develop the academic skills of participants in the following areas: 1) clinical teaching, 2) curriculum design, 3) professional academic development, and 4) research and scholarly activity skills.


Clinical Teaching:

  • Demonstrate an increased knowledge and understanding of the concepts and processes involved in clinical teaching as measured by cognitive improvement scores.
  • Assess personal clinical teaching skills and develop improvement goals.
  • Demonstrate improved teaching skills when instructing medical students/residents as evaluated by an observer using the trainee’s self-developed teaching goals and learner evaluations.

Curriculum Design:

  • Demonstrate increased knowledge of the educational curriculum design concepts and processes as measured by cognitive improvement scores.
  • Apply curriculum design skills by writing a medical education curriculum.
  • Demonstrate skills of educational curriculum implementation, including gaining buy-in, change management, etc. by implementing their developed curriculum project in their home institution.

Professional Academic Development:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of complex academic medicine organizational environments by analyzing and discussing home institution organizational chart.
  • Acquire administrative and management skills as evidenced by the implementation of various Fellowship projects.
  • Demonstrate effective formal presentation skills through classroom and formal presentation of research project and curriculum design project.
  • Demonstrate feedback skills and effective presentation knowledge by giving, receiving and incorporating feedback into their presentations.
  • Discuss current health care reforms and opportunities for involvement in advocacy and policy making.
  • Demonstrate an on-going commitment to academic family medicine.

Research and Scholarly Activity Skills:

  • Demonstrate increased knowledge and understanding of the concepts and processes involved in research as measured by cognitive improvement scores.
  • Demonstrate the skills of critically evaluating the medical literature through leading a journal club and application of literature to their project.
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to conceptualize, design and conduct a research project.

Course Offerings and Graduate Credit Hours by Semester

Fall Semester

AMED 5000: Clinical Teaching 1 1
AMED 5200: Curriculum Design 1 1.5
AMED 5400: Professional Academic Development 1 1.5
AMED 5600: Research and Scholarly Activity Skills 1                                                                            3





Spring Semester

AMED 5100: Clinical Teaching 2 1
AMED 5300: Curriculum Design 2 1
AMED 5500: Professional and Academic Development 2 2
AMED 5600: Research and Scholarly Activity Skills 2                                                                           3




Summer Semester

AMED 5800: Graduate Certificate in Academic Medicine Capstone                                                     1



Admission Policy

To be considered for admission into UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) GCAM, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant must hold a minimum of a graduate degree in a health sciences related area from a recognized institution.
  • Applicants must have an academic appointment within a medical school department OR medical residency program OR provide evidence of the intention to secure such a position in the near future. Preference is given to applicants from primary care departments or residencies.
  • Submit complete, official transcripts from highest degree granting institution.
  • Application package must include:
    • Completed application
    • Two (2) completed reference forms (one preferably from current employment expressing support for participation in the certificate program)
    • Personal Statement (1 double spaced page)
    • Describe your career goals and how completing this graduate certificate aligns with those goals

Application package and official transcripts must be submitted to:

Office of Educational Programs
Faculty Development Center
ATTN: Applications
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX  76107
or fdc@unthsc.edu

If invited for an interview, applicants are expected to participate in either an on-campus interview OR a technology-assisted interview.

For additional information contact:
Cindy Passmore, MA
Faculty Development Center Director
Phone: 817.735.2383
Email: Cynthia.Passmore@unthsc.edu