The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development oversees the accreditation process for medical residents at the University of Maryland and provides continuing medical education for faculty and community physicians. In that capacity, we coordinate activities for nearly 5,000 physicians and 700 medical residents each year.
"In addition to providing support for internal reviews and accreditation site visits, our office provides leadership in developing competency-based curriculum and assessment tools for the residency program," says Nancy Ryan Lowitt, MD, EdM, associate dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine. "We are particularly interested in the professional development of our residents and the development of their teaching skills, because residents are teachers and role models for our current medical students."
Recent medical school graduates must complete three to four years of additional training to apply for board certification. To maintain a license to practice medicine in the state of Maryland, physicians must prove that they are up-to-date on their specialty and on new medications. "The state requires 50 hours of education every two years," states Dr. Lowitt. "We help physicians meet that requirement by offering a variety of educational opportunities on site and by directing them to planned activities at other institutions."
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development offers weekly Grand Rounds presentations, evening seminars, multi-day conferences and online learning opportunities for physicians. Dr. Lowitt works with physicians to develop course content to ensure the highest academic quality. By participating in continuing medical education, a physician is taking active steps to maintain their skills and improve their competency level, which shows consumers that their physician is doing his or her best to stay informed of emerging technologies and new medications.
The University of Maryland School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development is responsible for maintaining CME accreditation.