The mini-fellowship program at the University of Virginia School of Medicine provides an opportunity for current practicing physicians to pursue specific learning needs through an individualized program of clinically-based study. The program is designed to create learning opportunities based on the educational objectives identified by the physician learner. The physician preceptor can then further clarify these objectives and translate them into a formalized curriculum. At the end of the mini-fellowship the physician learner completes a self-evaluation which is approved by the preceptor.
The Office of Continuing Medical Education, as the accredited provider for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™(CME credits) for the mini-fellowship program, is responsible for facilitating the registration, application and evaluation process. The format for each individualized program is based on the educational needs of the learner and formulated into specific learning objectives for clinically oriented experiences.
If you are interested in a mini-fellowship at the University of Virginia please search the physician directory and find a physician in your specialty to be your preceptor. Contact the physician directly via the email address at the bottom of their biosketch, outlining the purpose of your mini-fellowship and requesting his/her preceptorship. Contact Terri Ellison, MS, CME Program Manager at the Office of Continuing Medical Education by email to arrange a (telephone) meeting to discuss educational objectives and logistics.
The Office of Continuing Medical Education provides application and registration assistance to the mini-fellowship applicant and assists in developing their learning objectives as part of the planning process for the experience. Credentialing is a requirement of each mini-fellowship and the physician learner must provide required documentation as outlined below to the host department for coordination with the UVA Credentialing Office at least thirty days in advance of the mini-fellowship.
Upon receipt of the completed application the preceptor and physician learner further define the educational objectives of the mini-fellowship. The finalized learning objectives are signed by the preceptor and physician learner and forwarded to the CME office for approval before the mini-fellowship starts. Upon completion of the mini-fellowship and receipt of the evaluation form, the Office of Continuing Medical Education awards AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ for the appropriate number of hours and sends a certificate to the physician learner.
The fees for the mini-fellowship program can be determined on a weekly basis or by credit hour. The recommended fees are $250 per day or $1250 per week. An administrative fee of $50 per day is charged by the Office of Continuing Medical Education for its role in facilitating, monitoring and accrediting the programs.
In order for the Office of Continuing Medical Education to process an application for a mini-fellowship the following information must accompany the application:
- Copy of your medical license
- Copy of the face sheet of your malpractice insurance policy
- Copy of your current curriculum vitae
A request for temporary clinical staff privileges will be processed by the host department. These privileges will only be in effect for the dates and times specified on the application/learning contract.
If you have any additional questions please contact Terri Ellison, MS, CME Program Manager by email and arrange a telephone meeting.
Please click here for an application form.