On behalf of the Division of Hospital Medicine, we would like to congratulate Anthony Dao, MD, Kathryn Filson, MD, and Zachary Morgan, MD on successfully completing the FITS (Foundation in Teaching Skills) certificate program. The Foundations in Teaching Skills program is geared towards junior educators and faculty who are looking to newly incorporate teaching skills into their careers. Through direct observations of their teaching skills, the program provides, not only feedback throughout the academic year, but also mentorship. Over the course of the program, the FITS program provides foundational teaching skills and guidance on creating a clinician educational portfolio, and it creates a community of educators. Monthly workshops also provide them with additional instruction in teaching skills.
Fellow hospitalists, Natalia Brito Rivera, MD, Eileen Lee, MD, and Kieran Patel, MD have been recently accepted to the FITS program. They will earn their certificates in June 2024.
I am hoping to utilize this program to help refine my facilitator training process for the medicine clerkship’s Motivational Interviewing session; I hope to find a way to efficiently incorporate more elements of my Vital Talk instructor training into the orientation session in order to help the facilitators give the students a more enriching and uniform experience. I also hope to utilize my FITS experience as an additional resource as my co-directors and I redesign the Phase III Capstone course to integrate into the Gateway curriculum.Eileen Lee, MD
I am very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to participate in the FITS program. I want to help train new generations of physicians to provide excellent evidence based medical care that also takes into account non-medical component such as social barriers. I believe the skills I learn through the FITS program will allow me to achieve this goal and help improve my contribution to medical education.Natalia Brito Rivera, MD