Kent J. Sheets, PhD is Professor and Director of Educational Development in the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine (DFM). Kent has been on the faculty since July 1982 and has been Director of Educational Development since 1984. He has a doctorate in educational systems development from the Michigan State University College of Education and worked in predoctoral education in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University for three years before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan.
Kent is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation many of the department’s educational programs for students, residents, and faculty. He has served as a clerkship director, including currently serving as a co-director of the required third-year family medicine clerkship. He also directs the Family Medicine Faculty Development Institute (FDI), which is a faculty development program for family medicine faculty and senior residents from Michigan and northwest Ohio.
Areas of Interest
Research and scholarly interests: faculty development, family medicine clerkship education, curriculum development, faculty evaluation and review for promotion.
Subject-matter expertise: curriculum development, classroom and clinical teaching skills, learning communities, teaching portfolios, consulting/mentoring
Other professional highlights:
- Over 50 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and/or abstracts
- Consultant to over 20 US medical schools, primarily departments of family medicine for faculty development and/or curriculum development activities
- More than US$2.5 million in family medicine/primary care training grant funding
- Leadership positions in various national educational projects including Director, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Preceptor Education Project and curriculum consultant to STFM Family Medicine Curriculum Resource Project
- Recipient of STFM Excellence in Education Award and inaugural member of University of Michigan Medical School League of Educational Excellence
- Faculty, Master of Health Professions Education program