Mentoring Pilot Program

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development conducted a Pilot Mentoring Program from October 2019-April 2020, with support from the Medical Alumni Association. The cohort represented nine clinical departments and included seventeen junior faculty and their department-assigned faculty mentors. Three 90-minute workshops designed to supplement one-on-one meetings between a mentor and junior faculty mentee were presented. The workshops focused on fostering productive mentoring relationships by discussing, defining, and exemplifying best practices in mentorship.

At the conclusion of the pilot program, 93% of participants reported that attending the sessions was a “worthwhile investment of their time.”

Key takeaways from in-workshop discussions and post-workshop evaluations include:

  • Mentors have key role in supporting junior faculty as they explore options and consider professional opportunities, identify and move forward with an early career area of focus, and prepare for advancement. These themes of Exploration, Engagement, and Advancement align with the Faculty Career Management Life Cycle Model.[1]
  • Mentors and mentoring teams play various roles over time to meet the evolving needs of junior faculty.
  • Coaching is an important technique to employ during mentoring conversations as is identifying strengths-based strategies to overcome mentees’ challenges.
  • Mentees and mentors must be proactive and intentional about developing the mentoring relationship and expanding the junior faculty’s mentoring network.
  • Mentees’ proactive preparation can lead to meaningful annual performance review conversations which could include a discussion of how to expand one’s developmental mentoring network to meet specific needs.

Based on the learnings from the pilot, an expanded Early Career Faculty Mentoring Program with monthly sessions built around the themes of Connect, Explore, Engage, and Advance will be held from September 2020 – April 2021.

List of Participants

  • Joseph S. Tan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
    • Mentor; Claudia W. Allen, PhD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine
  • Sarah N. Dalrymple, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
    • Mentor; Katharine C. DeGeorge, MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine
  • Su Hee Kim, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
    • Mentor; Christopher R. McCartney, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Dennis Kumral, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
    • Mentor; James M. Scheiman, MD, Professor of Medicine
  • Brittany Cavanaugh, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
    • Mentor; Stewart F. Babbott, MD, Professor of Medicine
  • Melissa Kehl, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
    • Mentor; George M. Hoke, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Kathryn Xixis, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology
    • Mentor; Howard P. Goodkin, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
  • Rebecca E. Rieck, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Mentor; Donald Dudley, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Monique H. Vaughan, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Mentor; Elisa R. Trowbridge, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Patrick O. McGarey Jr., MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
    • Mentor; James J. Daniero, MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • Jonathan Hemler, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    • Mentor; Peter W. Heymann, MD, Professor of Pediatrics
  • Samantha Minnicozzi, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    • Mentor Peter W. Heymann, MD, Professor of Pediatrics
  • John T. Stranix, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery
    • Mentor; Christopher A. Campbell, MD, Associate Professor of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Keri A. Stevenson, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and NB Sciences
    • Mentor; Bruce J. Cohen, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and NB Sciences
  • David Joyner, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging
    • Mentor; Julie A. Matsumoto, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging
  • Ramapriya Ganti, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging
  • Tanvir Rizvi, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology & Medical Imaging
    • Mentor; Thomas Jason Druzgal, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging

 

 

[1] Viggiano TR, Strobel HW. The Career Management Life Cycle: A Model for Supporting and Sustaining Faculty Vitality and Wellness. In: T.R. C, T.J. G, E.R. G, eds. Faculty Health in Academic Medicine: Physicians, Scientists, and the Pressures of Success. Humana Press; 2009:73-81.