The School of Medicine Faculty Mentoring Program builds an academic environment of excellence by strengthening faculty members' skills. In doing so, we create a medical center where everyone wants to come to learn, teach, conduct research and receive health care. The overall goal of the program is to develop healthy, successful individuals and guide them on career paths that follow their personal goals, meet their department's mission and utilize their strongest assets. Our program focuses on:
Junior faculty wishing to succeed in academic medicine today face daunting challenges in this era of cost containment in health care delivery or achievement in grand funding for research.
It is critical to provide support and guidance for faculty to facilitate career development and foster the retention of excellent physician-teachers and physician-investigators thus reducing our faculty member's loss of enthusiasm for careers in academic medicine.
One way of addressing the needs of junior faculty in academic medicine is a collaborative mentoring program. The purpose of the Mentoring Initiative is to transition, assist and propel junior faculty and promote the advancement and retention of new faculty into our next generation of academic physicians and research leaders.
The primary goal of the School of Medicine's program is to support and assist with a department-based structure and overseen by Department Faculty Development Directors and respective Faculty Development Committees. The overall goal of the program is to first develop healthy, successful individuals, guiding them on career paths that follow their personal goals, help meet their department's mission and utilize their strongest assets.
The School of Medicine provides resources based upon individual mentee or mentor needs aimed at achieving promotion. Department and chair support for promotion, or promotion with tenure, is not a requirement and self-nomination is possible. Departments are responsible for mentoring to meet their specialty needs, which goes beyond the school's mentoring toward promotion resources. Mentoring is part of the Annual Faculty Assessment.
The initiative involves advancing through three steps:
The School of Medicine's Mentoring Program begins with Understanding Ranks and Tracks.