The Faculty Development Program at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) began in 1993 in the Department of Family Medicine. The goal of the program is to increase the nation's supply of minority teachers in Primary Care. As of 1991, there were only 50 minority, full-time academic family medicine physicians in the entire United States; that was less than 3% of faculty in medical schools. Of those faculty members, no more than five were department chairs.
The program has trained over 125 full-time faculty and community-based preceptors in primary care. Topics covered include Teaching methods, educational theory; grant writing, primary care research, audio visual media and writing for the medical literature. Funded by HRSA/s Bureau of Health Professions, the Program has trained nearly 100 full-time faculty and community-based preceptors in teaching methods, educational theory, computer skills, audiovisual media, grant writing, primary care research, and writing for the medical literature. The curriculum also covers cross-cultural communications and career issues for minorities in academic family medicine.