Faculty Development Fellowship

Program Overview

Our Family Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship has over 20 years of experience in successfully training family medicine fellows for careers that serve underserved populations. Many of our fellowship graduates have become leaders in family systems teaching and academic family medicine. In September, 2011, we were awarded a HRSA training grant in collaboration with the Division of Academic General Pediatrics at URMC.

Within the fellowship, fellows may design special study and research tracks in health services research, medical education, or marriage and family therapy.

The fellowship is built on a planned curriculum of educational and evaluation activities in the domains of research, education, and leadership/career development. We have special strengths in the teaching of scientific writing and grantsmanship. We also provide rich experiences in career planning and management, leadership, teaching and curriculum development, skills essential for academic success.

The goal of the program is to produce fellows with expertise in teaching and practicing within the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), have skills in designing and evaluating curriculum and clinical programming to improve care of chronic illness within the context of family medicine. Fellows who graduate are prepared to assume academic careers in which they may:
« Teach future primary care physicians to work in PCMH practices, using data to improve clinical practice and patient outcomes.
« Participate in clinical care, program innovation, policy development, and advocacy that addresses the needs of medically vulnerable families.
« Conduct research and program evaluation directed to primary medical care issues.

Curriculum Highlights

Fellows are actively involved in the development and refinement of the fellowship curriculum. Every year they review the program's learning objectives and conduct a formal self-assessment of their own learning interests and needs. These data guide our annual selection of seminar topics. Core elements of the curriculum are as follows:
«  MPH or other Masters degree, such as MEd or Certificate Program in Medical Family Therapy: coursework is specially designed for clinicians and clinically related research and educational needs
« Mentored projects in primary data collection and secondary data analysis
« Publications and presentations

« Weekly Seminar Series
« Scientific Communications Curriculum
« Leadership and Career Development Training

Experiential Learning
« Clinical experiences in medical center and community
« National meeting presentations
« Experiences in Family Medicine, Cultural Competence, and Health Literacy

Program Details

The Fellowship Director, Colleen T. Fogarty, MD, MSc is a family physician with broad experience in education, family systems, psychosocial education, and scholarship.
Steve Barnett, MD, Associate Director of Center for Deaf Health Research, studies health care access in the deaf community.
Thomas L. Campbell, MD, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, has written extensively on the family’s role in health.
Ron Epstein, MD, Director of Center for Communication and Disparities Research, is a world renowned expert in health care communication and medical education.
Kevin Fiscella, MD, MPH Associate Director of Center for Communication and Disparities Research; Co-Director for Community Engagement for the CTSI, his research focuses on health disparities in primary care.
Robert Gramling, MD, PhD, Conducts research in communication patterns between physicians and patients in Palliative Care.
Susan McDaniel, PhD, a family psychologist, is the Dr Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health in the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry. She has published extensively about families in family medicine and collaboration between behavioral health and biomedical clinicians.

Mentoring Pool

Fellows have access to a broad and deep pool of potential mentors in the Departments of Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Public Health Sciences.


Contact Information

For further information, write or call:

Fellowship Coordinator, Faculty Development Fellowship
Highland Family Medicine
777 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620 USA
Phone: (585) 279-4764
Fax: (585) 442-8319
Email:Fellowship Coordinator

Colleen T. Fogarty, MD, MSc, Faculty Development Fellowship Program Director

Highland Family Medicine
777 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620 USA