Master of Academic Medicine

USC Keck School of Medicine

The Master of Academic Medicine (MACM) degree is offered through the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in collaboration with the Schools of Dentistry and Pharmacy.

The program employs a blended delivery model, combining online coursework with annual on-campus face-to-face sessions one-week each February. Participants become part of a vigorous online community of learners growing together as leaders. Each course meets weekly in our interactive online classroom. This model allows professionals to continue to work full-time throughout the program, while still being part of a cohort of educators from around the United States.

Participants develop capacity to create, lead, and enhance education for healthcare professionals worldwide. The program builds on more than 50 years of successful faculty development at the University of Southern California, including providing masters-level training for health professions’ faculty from around the world for more than 35 years.

Our goal is to cultivate leaders who will develop and advance educational programs for healthcare professions globally. Health professions education is continuously evolving, which requires leaders that are process experts with a broad repertoire of approaches that can be applied to varied content arenas and situations; qualified educators who can model and lead change in their respective schools and programs. Graduates will be positioned to guide future generations of health professionals toward better meeting the health needs of our global society.

Graduates will be able to demonstrate skills within academic medicine including:

¨  Addressing policy and accreditation issues and opportunities

¨  Developing, implementing and evaluating programs

¨  Designing curricula, teaching and assessing learners

¨  Developing personal and team leadership skills

¨  Leading faculty in their continuing professional development

¨  Designing, implementing and studying innovations

Instructional Services for Enrolled Students

The students in this program are almost all faculty member with doctoral degrees.  There is no formal tutoring program.  However, the students receive mentoring throughout the program in individual meetings with the director and built-in to many of the courses.

Student Services for Enrolled Students

As distance students they have access via the web to all USC online resources.

Career Options

Residency or Fellowship Program Director (Assistant or Associate as well)

Associate Chair for Education, any clinical department

Director of Medical Education in a hospital

Designated Institutional Officer (assistant or associate as well)

Associate Dean for Curriculum in a health profession’s school

Course Schedules

Examples of Full-time Student and/or Part-time Student Schedule:

Example – 6 Semester Schedule

Fall – Year 1 (all activities on-line)
ACMD 501 Introduction to Academic Medicine Worldwide (3 units)
ACMD 511 Competencies in Academic Medicine and Health I (3 units)

Spring – Year 1 (on-line combined with one week at USC)
ACMD 512 Competencies in Academic Medicine and Health II (3 units)
ACMD 591 Designing Research on Innovations in Academic Medicine (2 units)

Summer – Year 1 (all activities on-line or at home site)
ACMD 513 Professionalism in Academic Medicine and Health (3 units)
ACMD 598 Field Work in Designing Innovations for the Health Professions (1 unit)

Fall – Year 2 (all activities on-line or at home site)
ACMD 502 Becoming a Leader in Academic Medicine Worldwide (3 units)
ACMD 592 Implementing Research on Innovations in Academic Medicine (2 units)

Spring – Year 2 (on-line combined with one week at USC)
ACMD 503 Leading Change in Academic Medical Centers (3 units)
ACMD 514 Accreditation and Program Evaluation in Academic Medicine (3 units)

Summer – Year 2 (all activities on-line)
ACMD 604 Supporting the Educational Enterprise in Academic Medicine (3 units)
ACMD 605 Faculty Development for Health Professions Faculty (2 units)
ACMD 621 Developing and Presenting an MACM Capstone Portfolio (1 unit)

Example – 10 Semester Schedule

Fall – Year 1 (all activities on-line)
ACMD 501 Introduction to Academic Medicine Worldwide (3 units)

Spring – Year 1 (on-line combined with 5 days at USC)
ACMD 513 Professionalism in Academic Medicine and Health (3 units)

Summer – Year 1 (all activities on-line or at home site)
ACMD 604 Supporting the Educational Enterprise in Academic Medicine (3 units)

Fall – Year 2 (all activities on-line or at home site)
ACMD 511 Competencies in Academic Medicine and Health I (3 units)

Spring – Year 2 (on-line combined with 7 days at USC)
ACMD 512 Competencies in Academic Medicine and Health II (3 units)
ACMD 591 Designing Research on Innovations in Academic Medicine (2 units)

Summer – Year 2 (all activities on-line or at home site)
ACMD 514 Accreditation and Program Evaluation in Academic Medicine (3 units)
ACMD 598 Field Work in Designing Innovations for the Health Professions (1 unit)

Fall – Year 3 (all activities on-line or at home site)
ACMD 502 Becoming a Leader in Academic Medicine Worldwide (3 units)

Spring – Year 4 (on-line combined with 5 days at USC)
ACMD 503 Leading Change in Academic Medical Centers (3 units)

Summer – Year 3 (all activities on-line)
ACMD 605 Faculty Development for Health Professions Faculty (2 units)

Fall – Year 4 (all activities on-line or at home site)
ACMD 592 Implementing Research on Innovations in Academic Medicine (2 units)
ACMD 621 Developing and Presenting an MACM Capstone Portfolio (1 unit)