Programs and Resources for your Professional Development
Programs and Resources for your Professional Development
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   Programs and Resources for your Professional Development - November 2022

In This Issue of the CFE Newsletter

  1. November CFE Faculty Spotlight - Brandon Beattie, read our interview below.

  2. Congratulations to Lisa Schwartz EdD, MS, CGC for her recent grant!

  3. Applications are open for the CFE Scholarly Writing Program! The deadline to apply is November 30th.

  4. Applications are open for the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program! Applications are due January 6th.

  5. Faculty Focused Resources
    - Tips on Creating Psychological Safety in the Clinical Learning Environment
    - Attend a virtual Bootcamp for New Investigators in Clinical Research
    -  Akman Innovation Fund Grants application information

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CFE November 2022 Faculty Spotlight

CFE Faculty Spotlight Brandon Beattie
Join the CFE as we highlight Brandon Beattie, who discusses his journey from US Army Medic to practicing Physician Assistant, and now Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Brandon shares his unique perspectives in teaching, training, and his passion for reducing barriers for fellow veterans and underrepresented minorities through holistic admissions procedures. Read our full interview with Brandon Beattie here.
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Dr. Lisa Schwartz

Congratulations to our SMHS Faculty Lisa Schwartz, EdD, MS, CGC for a recent grant from the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)

Dr. Schwartz was awarded a grant through NSGC’s Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship, which awards only one grant each year.

The title of the two-year study which begins January 1, 2023 is:

An Exploration of Genetic Counselors’ Professional Identity

AbstractProfessional identity is defined as the attitudes, behaviors, values, and experiences by which individuals define themselves in a professional role and is influenced by socialization with others during training and in the workplace. The professional identities of genetic counselors are likely to be impacted as opportunities to work in roles and settings in which they are not providing genetic counseling, by definition, continue to expand. While there has been previous research addressing the diversity of roles and professional development among genetic counselors, there is a paucity of research exploring genetic counselors’ professional identities. This exploratory qualitative study will fill this gap in the literature. Using Social Identity Theory (SIT) as its theoretical framework, interviews will be used to elicit the experiences of genetic counselors currently working in a diversity of settings and roles regarding how they perceive and describe their professional identities and what factors influence their perceptions and the formation of their professional identities.
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SMHS Scholarly Writing Program- Call for Applicants! Deadline November 30th

SMHS CFE Scholarly Writing Program
The GW SMHS Center for Faculty Excellence offers the “SMHS Scholarly Writing Program” (formerly called the Writing Institute) to help faculty meet their personal writing and scholarly career goals.
The SMHS Scholarly Writing Program follows a peer mentoring and coaching model that meets regularly for 6 months and culminates in the submission of peer-reviewed manuscripts. The program consists of a structured curriculum to include modules from the Coursera Writing in the Sciences Course and assigned readings and pre-work from a writing for publication text that will be provided to all participants. Applications are due by November 30, 2022.
The SMHS Scholarly Writing Program requires the completion/submission of an application (attached) to select a limited number of participants. Review the SMHS Scholarly Writing page for more details on the program structure and how to apply.
Please reach out to the Center for Faculty Excellence ( with any questions about the SMHS Scholarly Writing Program.
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Open Now: Applications for the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program!

Enhance your teaching skills, foster scholarship in education, and develop your leadership potential. Apply for the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program (MTLDP)! All full-time basic science, clinical science and health sciences SMHS faculty involved in teaching are welcome to apply
The 22nd cohort will run from August 30th, 2023 - June 12th, 2024. Classes are every Wednesday from 12:30-5:00; in-person attendance to all classes is required. 
Applications will be accepted until January 6th, 2023. For more information on MTLDP, including application instructions and testimonials from graduates, visit our website: and email informing her of your intent to apply.
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Faculty Focused Resources

Creating Psychological Safety in the Clinical Learning Environment

Top Things You Can Do Right Now to Improve the Learning Environment:
  • Learn and use the learner’s name
  • Set up learners for success (provide an orientation to your site/team and outline clear expectations)
  • Give feedback early and often
  • Model professionalism, vulnerability, and humility
  • Talk others up (don’t dis other specialties or specialists)
  • Give learners the benefit of the doubt
  • Don’t air your frustrations with others on your team or the organization
  • Utilize the learner’s enthusiasm to help provide safe, efficient, and effective care
A recent article was published in Academic Medicine, read more here.
Bootcamp for New Investigators in Clinical Research
Virtual Workshop- December 15th, 2022
A series on how to operationalize biologic clinical trials at GW and CNH. An emphasis on available programs, templates, and resources. Please view the flyer for more information on workshop topics. To register please contact Charlotte Hovland at or
Akman Innovation Fund Grants
Award Period: Spring 2023 – Spring 2024
Application Deadline: January 6, 2023
The Akman Innovation Fund Grants were created to foster ideas, support mentorship and promote clinical innovation. The fund provides pilot grants to launch innovative student, resident, and faculty projects designed to transform ideas into vibrant programs through intergenerational collaboration. Proposals will be judged on the ability to effectively link the trainee with a senior faculty member to support the goals of the grant and provide strong mentoring. It is anticipated that the pilot grant will lead to follow-on funding.
Each year, the Akman Innovation Fund will award up to grants of ~ $10K to support projects in priority thematic areas. In spring 2023, two (2) Akman Innovation Fund Grants will be awarded in the areas of: 
- Development of novel therapeutics or biomarkers for critical health conditions that differentially affect underserved populations
  • The principal investigator must be a current SMHS student or resident working with a physician at the GW Medical Faculty Associates or a GW-employed SMHS faculty member. 
  • All studies must be conducted using GW facilities.
  • Grants will be awarded for 1 year with the potential for a no cost extension into a second year.
  • Applications should include:
    • Study aims and project description (2 pages max)
    • Brief biosketch of the applicant (1 page)
    • Brief biosketch of the primary mentor (1 page)
    • Budget justification, i.e. how will the funds be used
    • No support will be provided for previously funded ongoing projects.
    • A short progress report is required after 6 months and a final report is required within 1 month of completion. 
Submit your application by January 6, 2023 to Sara VanDommelen at slv15@gwu.eduAwards will commence on January 30, 2023.
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