Graduate Certificate in Academic Medicine (GCAM)


Apply by June 30 – Fall Start

Program Overview

Since 1978, Texas health professions educators have improved their practice of teaching by enrolling in the academic faculty development fellowship. Established in Waco, Texas, and relocated to The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth in 2012, the Graduate Certificate in Academic Medicine provides health professions educators the opportunity to benefit from more than 40 years of outstanding alumni, faculty, and fellows.

Graduate Certificate in Academic Medicine fellows focus on developing a solid base of core academic skills and a commitment to a career of teaching, scholarly investigation, and leadership in health professions education.

The curricular content will include the following topic concentration areas: Clinical Teaching, Curriculum Design, Professional Academic Development, and Research/Scholarly Activity Skills.


    • COLLABORATE with your peers in intentionally small cohorts that facilitate small group connections.
    • EXPAND your educational foundation and knowledge from sessions with health professions educators and experts.
    • CONTRIBUTE to the discussion understanding of what it takes to be a leader in academic medicine.
    • ENGAGE with over 250 alumni fellows, faculty, and mentors who have graduated from the Faculty Development Center in Fort Worth and Waco.


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Who Should Apply?

    • Health professions educators interested in advancing their careers.
    • Practicing health care professionals transitioning into academia.
    • Educators who oversee undergraduate and graduate health professions students.


Certificate Program Roadmap

The GCAM fellowship is 12 semester credit hours (8 courses) and is completed in two semesters. Both format and content are focused on meeting the needs of today’s academicians and academic institutions.


Fall Semester (6 Credit Hours):

AMED 5000-Clinical Teaching 1
AMED 5200-Curriculum Design 1
AMED 5400-Professional Academic Development 1
AMED 5600-Scholarly Activity for Academic Health Professionals 1

Spring Semester (6 Credit Hours):

AMED 5000-Clinical Teaching 2
AMED 5200-Curriculum Design 2
AMED 5400-Professional Academic Development 2
AMED 5600-Scholarly Activity for Academic Health Professionals 2

*Each course is offered once per academic year and must be completed in order during one academic year.

Admission Requirements

  • The applicant must hold a minimum of a graduate degree in a health science-related area from a recognized institution (i.e., DO, MD, EdD, Ph.D., PsyD, PharmD, MSW, MEd, PA, APRN, PT/DPT, or equivalent).
  • Applicants must have an academic appointment within a health professions education program, medical school department, or medical residency program, OR provide evidence of the intention to secure such a position in the near future.

Texas Family Medicine Faculty Scholarship

Scholarship Eligibility: 

1. The fellow is a physician, resident, program director, or staff member of an accredited Texas Family Medicine residency program or university department.
2. The enrolled fellow must pay via self-pay or third-party contract billing by the institution/university.
3. And must be enrolled as an HSC student with a current EUID number.

Note: Fellows supported by HSC’s Geriatric WE HAIL grant will not be eligible for the GCAM Scholarship as grant funds already support their tuition.

Course Requirements

Eligible Family Medicine fellows will receive up to $1,000 for the academic year to be paid during the Spring semester. To obtain the scholarship fellows must: 

1. Complete Fall semester in academically good standing;
2. No outstanding fall tuition or course fee balance; 
3. And enroll in the Spring semester.

How to Apply

Application requires the following:

  • Online Application completed by June 30.
  • Two completed online Reference forms (one preferably from current supervisor expressing support for participation in the certificate program).
  • Personal statement (1 double-spaced page) that includes career goals and how completing the certificate program aligns with those goals
  • Submit official transcript(s) from terminal granting institution. Transcripts must be official and sent directly to HSC from your institution(s). Electronic transcripts must be provided directly by your institution or a professional transcript service to
  • Optional-current CV or resume

Program Contacts

For questions about the program, contact: The Faculty Development Center at

Third Party Contract Billing


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