Junior Faculty Development Program


The Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) helps prepare junior faculty to flourish as academic physicians and scientists. As a cohort-based program spanning an academic year, the JFPD provides a solid foundation for professional development and career success in academic medicine by:

  • Promoting the development and advancement of junior faculty through education, skill development, and mentored scholarly projects;
  • Fostering networking and collaborations among junior faculty;
  • Facilitating mentoring relationships between senior and junior faculty; and
  • Increasing the satisfaction, engagement, and retention of junior faculty

Sessions will be held every other Wednesday from October 7, 2020 – April 28, 2021 from 8:00am-10:00am. Participants can expect a time commitment of about 10-12 hours per month which includes class time, session preparation, and project work.


The curriculum is relevant for all SOM junior faculty. Faculty members who will benefit most include:

  • Assistant professors who aspire to academic advancement
  • Assistant and/or “early” associate professors who have joined the institution within the past three years
  • Faculty who are seeking or engaged in a career transition (i.e. change of focus to education/education research, or new administrative position)


The curriculum covers a broad range of knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed for career success in academic medicine including education, research, leadership, communication, and publication. Sessions are interactive classroom experiences including case discussions, group exercises, and skill development. Sessions will be led by senior faculty, UVa Health System leaders, and experts in education, research, and leadership.

Mentored Scholarly Project

Each participant will identify a project that s/he will pursue during the course of the JFDP with the guidance of a senior faculty mentor. Projects are approved by the department chair and may focus on education, research, or patient care (e.g., grant submission, course/curricula development, clinical QI initiative, etc.). Projects should be relevant to the faculty member’s career interests and assigned departmental responsibilities. All participants will make a presentation on their project at the end of the JFDP.

For further details, please review the mentoring overview.


Program requirements include 80% attendance, active participation in sessions and with mentor, timely completion of session assignments, poster presentation, and individual scholarly project.


  • Request for applications posted: March 2020
  • Applications due: April 20, 2020
  • Selected participants notified: May 7, 2020
  • Download application here.

Contact Troy Buer, PhD, Director of Faculty Development, for additional application information.

Peer Programs

This program is modeled after the junior faculty development programs at the Penn State College of Medicine and University of Massachusetts Medical School. We recognize the work and research of our PSU and UMMS colleagues.

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The Essential Value of Projects in Faculty Development.
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