218590 Academic Boot Camp (ABC): Step one to developing community members as faculty

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pluscedia G. Williams, BA , Outreach Specialist/Consultant, Healthy African American Families, Hawaiian Gardens, CA
Laurie Richlin, PhD , College of Medicine, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, CA
Loretta S. Jones, MA , Healthy African American Families II, Los Angeles, CA
Kenneth Wolf, PhD , Faculty Affairs, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, CA
The Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art medical education to prepare future physicians to serve the urban underserved. At the same time, community health organizations provide a wide range of health education services during events such as health fairs. Although there are many efforts in medical schools to educate faculty members about underserved communities, the CDU program is different in that it educates community health organization members to be scholarly university teachers through an intensive course design program called Academic Boot Camp. Participants create course portfolios that include a syllabus with well-defined learning objectives and clear assessment methods. Key Message:Education in and about the under resource community goes both ways: traditional faculty members can learn about the lives and needs of the community and community members can prepare to utilize the pedagogical tools of university educators to teach faculty members and health care professionals and influence curricular content.Conclusion: Preparing culturally competent physicians and other providers may be a more attainable outcome when community partners are provided with the educational knowledge and skills to positively impact the curricula and those who deliver it.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe the elements of an Academic Boot Camp. Describe community members who can assist in educating faculty members and future physicians.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a community representative that has completed the Academic Boot Camp and has first hand insight to the program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.