The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy (UTCOP) Teaching and Leadership Fellows Program (TLFP) is a learning experience provided to residents participating in pharmacy residency programs affiliated with UTCOP. The program provides the opportunity for pharmacy residents to gain fundamental knowledge and skills in teaching, learning, and leadership. The skills obtained can be utilized when providing medication and practice-related education to patients, caregivers, health care professionals, students, and the public (individuals and groups) in an experiential or didactic role. Teaching experiences and growth in teaching skills as well as leadership development will be documented in the participant’s teaching portfolio. The resident will receive a certificate at the completion of the program.
Activities fulfill objectives related to Competency Areas R4: Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge and R3: Leadership and Management of the ASHP Accreditation Standard for Postgraduate Year One (PGY1 ) Pharmacy Residency Programs(2014). This program is also in response to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) policy statement, “AACP encourages the inclusion of Teaching and Learning Curriculum (TLC) Programs, which meet national guidelines, in post-graduate pharmacy training programs including residencies and fellowships and encourages schools and colleges of pharmacy to provide such programs.” (Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2014; 71:1292-302) This program was created following the American College of Clinical Pharmacy(ACCP) White Paper, Guidelin es of Resident Teaching Experiences (Pharmacotherapy 2013;33(7):e147–e161).
The program provides for two tracks of participation:
Track 1 (Clinical educator) – Teaching and leadership experience for residents interested in pursuing clinical educator positions at the completion of their residency. It is anticipated that this level is appropriate for most PGY1 residents.
Track 2 (Academia) – Teaching and leadership experience for residents with a goal of obtaining a faculty position with a college/school of pharmacy either at the completion of their residency and/or in the future. It is anticipated that this level is appropriate for PGY2 residents and/or some select PGY1 residents.
Upon completion of the program, the resident will be able to:
- be prepared to pursue entry-level position within the academy and/or as a clinical educator.
- engage in professional self-discovery as a springboard for your professional career
- develop understanding of teaching theories and how to apply them in classroom and experiential settings.
- establish personal foundation of self-discovery and learn how to utilize your “hardwiring” to apply to career goals and planning.
- develop understanding of leadership theories and how to apply these to personal and professional goals.
How will I learn?
The program starts with an in-person orientation session, and then continues with regularly scheduled webinars throughout the year and meetings with program directors each semester. In addition, there are assigned activities with self-reflections to enhance learning. Development and maintenance of a teaching portfolio is required. The portfolio will be maintained in the Canvas LMS. All instructions, assignments, readings, rubrics and essential information will be on the Canvas website at https://utexas.instructure.com. Check this site regularly and use it to ask questions about the course schedule.
Pre-requisites for the program:
In order to participate in this program, one must be enrolled as a PGY1 or PGY2 pharmacy resident at an UT-affiliated residency program.
How to succeed in this program:
Program assignments and requirements must be completed by the established deadlines. Participation in webinars and other program activities as specified in the program syllabus.