Clinical Faculty Initiatives During Fall 2015

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We have had a busy semester, as always, in the Clinical Programs, but the faculty has made time to work together to improve our teaching and to strengthen the infrastructure of the program as a whole. This began on August 25, 2015, when we held our Third Annual Faculty Retreat at the Friday Center. Six of us spent the day working on a mission statement for the clinic, with an examination of where we are currently, our vision for the future, a strategy for getting there, and a means of tracking our progress. We took a break for lunch and shared details of summer activities that provided inspiration as we looked to the semester ahead.

We followed up our annual retreat with no fewer than six subsequent faculty meetings, each with a detailed agenda and an identified facilitator, during which we addressed such topics as:

  • Completing the drafting of a mission statement for UNC Clinical Programs
  • Maintaining and expanding our focus on social justice, which included thinking about what we mean by social justice; discussing strategies for recruiting a more diverse student group in the clinic; and encouraging students to reflect on social justice in their clinical practice; and
  • Maintaining and developing a strong and stable faculty

These meetings included two sessions of supervisory rounds, during which a faculty member presented an issue they were facing in clinical supervision followed by a structured discussion that included fact gathering, problem diagnosis, problem solving, checking in, and reflection.

We have accomplished a lot this semester in terms of community-building among the clinic faculty, and we look forward to continuing this work in the spring.

Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Sun. December 13, 2015 2:46 PM
Categories: Clinical Faculty Initiatives
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