Clinical Faculty Information
On behalf of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and BioMed Faculty Affairs (BMFA), I wish to thank you for your commitment to the educational process at Brown. As Chair of the Clinical Faculty Advisory Committee, I have the responsibility of ensuring the successful collaboration of the medical school and its clinical faculty in pursuit of its educational mission. In order to facilitate that collaboration, I would like to inform you about some of the programs we have for you. It is our hope that they will lead you to a closer integration and identification with the Brown medical community.
The first and most important ingredient of a new faculty member’s successful collaboration within the University community is obtaining a Brown University photo ID card. This card is the key to many of the faculty perquisites. With the ID the formidable resources of the library and its helpful staff will be at your service. The ID also helps you acquire a Brown University User ID which allows you to establish a Brown e-mail account.
To facilitate our important electronic communications, we encourage you to have this e-mail account forwarded to your home or office. The ID card also opens the doors to membership in our recreational facilities and the Faculty Club with its reciprocal privileges at over one hundred clubs across the US and abroad. BMFA runs several half-day workshops during the course of the year on topics of importance to all faculty. Each year we run a workshop dedicated to the special issues of teaching in the ambulatory setting. This meeting is focused on the needs of the clinical faculty and brings together all specialties united by their common goal of quality education for our trainees at all levels. CME credit is free.
As you integrate into the life of the University, you should be aware of the Clinical Faculty Advisory Committee. This group is made up of clinical faculty who are called together for the purpose of representing clinical faculty issues to the Alpert Medical School administration. CFAC members are chosen with an eye toward representing various interest groups within the clinical faculty, i.e. trying to balance specialty groups, hospital and institutional affiliations and geographic interests with proportionate representation so that no individual goes unheard. The members of the CFAC are published on our website and are available to you. Another important function of the CFAC is to select recipients of the annual Dean’s Teaching Excellence Awards. These honors are given to clinical faculty who over the years have exhibited the outstanding characteristics to which we all strive as educators. Nominations for the awards come through department chairs who submit a dossier of teaching evaluations, CV and letters of recommendation to the CFAC for consideration.
The clinical faculty is the lifeblood of our medical school and it is deserving of that recognition. We hope that in the future we can better express our appreciation for the expertise and teaching which you provide. We look forward to finding new and unique ways of displaying the sincere commitment of our medical school to strengthen its relationship with our clinical faculty. I welcome any and all suggestions you may have in this regard.
William Corrao, M.D.
Chair, Clinical Faculty Advisory Committee