Professional development resources

WSUSOM Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME)
GME offers the Developing Effective Faculty Teachers (DEFT) program, a faculty development initiative based on distance learning and self-directed learning principles. It consists of a set of online learning modules and self-assessments offered through a Canvas course available to all WSU GME faculty. Participants attend a group learning session (the Academic Boot Camp), complete a set of modules targeted to their professional development as educators, and execute a project to improve an educational or assessment component of their program.
Southeast Michigan Center for Medical Education (SEMCME)
SEMCME is the largest community-based medical education consortium in the Midwest, dedicated to assisting in the training of medical students, medical residents, faculty, and other health professionals. Its primary mission is to stimulate the delivery of quality care through excellence in graduate medical education and faculty development. SEMCME sponsors a variety of educational and professional development webinars throughout the year, free for anyone working for a member institution such as the Wayne State University School of Medicine or a member hospital such as DMC and Henry Ford (for a complete member list, see the site).
Michigan State Medical Society
The state affiliate of the American Medical Association, MSMS is a nonprofit professional society representing more than 15,000 physicians, medical residents, and medical students in Michigan. It offers a variety of programs designed to provide continuing education in a cost-effective, learner-centered way, including courses and on-demand webinars (a number geared to COVID-19 issues) that will help physicians deliver high-quality care in a constantly changing healthcare environment.
The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)
AAMC offers a range of professional development training activities for faculty and executive leadership. It sponsors the LEAD Certificate Program, fostering leaders in medical education through evidence-based, collaborative learning, and reflective practice; the Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar, focused on building a foundation for modeling leadership behavior; and the Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar, which addresses professional competencies in academic and organizational leadership. Other options include a CMO Leadership Academy, Executive Development Seminar for Deans, Masterclass for Experienced Associate Deans and Department Chairs, and a Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program, among others.
American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL)
AAPL provides leadership education, management training, and career development designed for all sectors of the physician workforce. They are committed to providing the continuing education and training physicians need to assume leadership and management opportunities within the global health care industry. AAPL has approximately 10,000 active members, based nationally and internationally, including CEOs, chief medical officers, vice presidents of medical affairs, and others at all levels of organizations.
American College of Physicians (ACP)
The ACP Leadership Academy partners with AAPL to provide FTF meetings, webinars, and self-study modules on such topics as financial decision-making, managing physician performance, marketing, strategic thinking, and ethics. Courses may be used to become a Certified Physician Executive or applied toward a earning master's degree in medical management from four universities.
National Medical Association (NMA)
NMA is the largest and oldest national professional and scientific organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the US. It seeks to improve the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with federal and private agencies. NMA partners with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to present a Professional Development Series focusing on the clinical, policy, and social determinants of health (
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
ACGME regularly offers courses and workshops (such as Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment and Leadership Skills Training Program for Chief Residents) designed to educate and facilitate networking for individuals in a variety of roles in graduate medical education. While traditionally held FTF, ACGME is now offering their training activities online.
Stanford Faculty Development Program
This is a nationally recognized teaching improvement initiative from the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers designed to help participants enhance their versatility in teaching, better analyze and improve teaching encounters, and engage in collegial discussions about approaches to teaching. The WSUSOM Office of Learning & Teaching hosts courses in the fall and the spring. For full details, please contact the OLT at, 313 577 3547 or
Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers
This is an executive development program designed to enhance the leadership and management skills of a wide array of physician leaders. It convenes medical directors and chiefs of divisions together with an interdisciplinary faculty team for a two-week intensive and systematic study of the critical leadership and management issues faced by physicians in academic health centers. Topics include competitive strategies, financial analysis, operations management, organizational issues, conflict resolution and negotiation, leadership, and healthcare policy.