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APGO Academic Scholars and Leaders Program: 20-Year Outcomes
Purpose: We report the twenty-year experience of the Academic
Scholars and Leaders (ASL) Program founded in 1998, a national, longitudinal
program of the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Background: The medical education community recognizes a need for
faculty development for clinician educators. Faculty development programs
include a variety of content and teaching methods, are often longitudinal, and
many include a scholarly project. While faculty rate these programs
highly in the short term, long-term outcomes are rarely reported.
Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of ASL program
graduates from 1999 to 2017. Descriptive data were analyzed using STATA.
Open-ended comments were categorized using content analysis. Publications of
all ASL graduates were confirmed using PubMed and Google Scholar.
Results: 64% (260) of ASL graduates responded. Graduates
have held many educational leadership roles, including residency program (63%)
and clerkship (47%) leadership, vice chair in education (21%,) and dean’s
office positions (13%). Seventy-one percent have been promoted since
graduation. Seventy-six percent (197) listed meaningful ASL program impacts on
skills: curriculum development (48%), direct teaching (38%), leadership (33%) and
educational scholarship (27%). For all graduates (including
non-responders), literature search confirmed that 17% published the ASL project
and 44% published additional education papers.
Discussions: In our twenty-year experience, the APGO ASL program
has trained an impressive group of faculty leaders and scholars. Graduates have
experienced a remarkable degree of success, as measured by promotion,
scholarship, and leadership.
CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, ASL, 2020, Faculty, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, CME, Faculty Development,