The creation of a national faculty development program in Israel for family physicians Academic Article uri icon


  • University Departments from many countries recruit their faculty members for academic duties without prior formal training (specific for their jobs). This has been the common approach in Israel. Other countries however, have created faculty development (FD) programs to help new faculty accomplish their new tasks. This article describes the creation of the first National Faculty Development Program in Israel for Family Physicians. The main goals of a comprehensive FD program are to improve vitality in education, promote academic excellence and develop professional and organizational leadership. In 1998, the Israeli Society of Teachers in Family Medicine decided to develop a National Program to deal with basic FD requirements. Family Physicians and educationalists worked together at its development and cooperated in co-teaching. The program was launched in 2001 and we are now in the process of evaluating the first year and the development of the second course. We chose a format similar to the program from the University of Toronto. Twenty-three family physicians enrolled in the course. Half of the participants were born and trained in medicine in Israel. After completing the first year of this program, both participants and teachers provided positive feedback and requests were received for a second course for new participants.

publication date

  • January 1, 2005