Faculty development in Canada: a national survey of family medicine departments.
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The authors surveyed 16 Canadian Family Medicine Departments to ascertain the availability and content of faculty development activities. The majority of Departments sponsored some faculty development; they were limited, however, by financial constraints, a lack of available manpower, and time restrictions. Few departments had a specified plan for faculty development. No comprehensive orientation activities were available for new faculty, and little attention was paid to established part-time faculty. Although teaching workshops were the most popular faculty-development activity, most programs were planned on an ad hoc basis. A number of effective local programs were not shared nationally. The authors discuss the implications of these results and the need for greater national and regional co-ordination.
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