Stanford Team Develops Seminar Curriculum for 21st Century Practice of Medicine

Medical decision making for contemporary practice: A national faculty development program

From 2000 to 2004, staff of the Stanford Faculty Development Center designed, pilot-tested and revised the Professionalism in Contemporary Practice curriculum, a series of 10 seminars covering key topics in 21st-century medicine, including evidence-based medicine, patient safety and quality improvement.

The seminars consist of a "train-the-trainer" approach in which center staff select medical faculty from around the country and, in a month-long training program, teach them how to deliver the seminars to other physicians, residents and medical students at their home institutions.

Key Results:

  • During the project period, a pilot group of 15 physicians received training in the curriculum and, in fall 2004, project staff began delivering the final version of the curriculum to other faculty and students at their home institutions.