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Faculty Academy and Mentorship Initiative of Maryland (FAMI-MD)

FAMI LogoThe Faculty Academy and Mentorship Initiative of Maryland (FAMI-MD), formerly known as ESFAMI, prepares experienced registered nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, for new roles as clinical nursing faculty. Funded through the Maryland Higher Education Commission Nurse Support II program, FAMI-MD is offered as a collaborative effort among nursing programs across the state of Maryland. FAMI-MD graduates teach at all 28 accredited nursing programs in Maryland, and the academies are facilitated by faculty from 10 different Maryland schools. Nurses who participate in FAMI-MD will complete a six-week long Academy, consisting of online instruction with synchronous sessions via videoconference (Zoom). FAMI-MD offers two curricula: an Introductory Academy that provides a foundation for new educators and an Advanced Academy that explores learning theories, learning strategies, assessment and evaluation, and professional advancement.

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What Academy Participants Will Learn

Intro-FAMI attendees learn about what is expected of clinical faculty, how to design and manage experiences in a clinical setting, and principles of evaluating student performance and providing feedback.

Specific outcomes include the ability to:

  1. Apply the principles of teaching/learning to various types of student learners in the clinical setting.
  2. Participate in on line discussions regarding aspects of teaching in the clinical setting and complete projects which involve on line activities.
  3. Describe the role of the part-time clinical educator in the clinical setting.
  4. Structure learning experiences in a clinical setting, as well as, devise an alternative plan for student clinical experience should the need arise.
  5. Plan and implement valuable pre-clinical and post-clinical experiences and conferences.
  6. Provide constructive feedback to nursing students in a clinical setting.
  7. Implement strategies to manage challenging students in a clinical setting.
  8. Participate in discussion groups about their teaching experiences during mentorship workshops.
  9. Participate in high fidelity simulated patient care experiences and assess performance of both students and faculty in the simulated setting.
  10. Discuss potential legal implications of role as a clinical educator.
  11. Integrate current evidence into clinical teaching practice.

Advanced-FAMI attendees will learn how to:

  1. Apply key elements of nursing and academic regulations and laws to the clinical educator role.
  2. Synthesize perspectives from various learning theories to formulate strategies to reach today’s learners.
  3. Develop effective teaching strategies to address learning in the affective, cognitive, and psychomotor domains.
  4. Formulate goals and strategies that promote active and engaged learning in face-face and online settings.
  5. Explain strategies that can be used to foster student success related to inclusivity, recognizing limitations, and providing development opportunities
  6. Differentiate clinical objectives from student learning outcomes and connect clinical objectives with learning strategies.
  7. Integrate synchronous and asynchronous strategies to support the teaching-learning process in an online environment.
  8. Demonstrate skill in the use of best practices in the assessment and evaluation of clinical performance.
  9. Explore aspects of professional development as a faculty member including certifications, advanced degrees, and other activities.

Our Achievements

At the end of 2022, FAMI-MD has graduated 412 nurses, including 38% (n=158) from under-represented groups in nursing. Thirty-four percent (n=142) of FAMI-MD graduates teach in a high need specialty area, such as community health, maternity, mental health, or pediatrics.

The outcomes of FAMI-MD have presented at multiple regional, national, and international conferences, and through multiple publications. In 2023 the program was the recipient of the inaugural National League for Nursing Peg E. Daw Certification Star Award and in 2015 received the Sigma Theta Tau International for the Excellence in Nursing Education Research Award.

At the end 2022, 67% (n=274) of FAMI-MD graduates were currently teaching or have taken a teaching position in the state of Maryland.

FAMI-Maryland is supported by a Nurse Support II Grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission under the auspices of the State of Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission.