The COM Faculty Fellows Mentoring Program is new initiative developed collaboratively between the Offices of Faculty Affairs (OFA) and Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). The goal of this program is to increase the engagement, retention and promotion of faculty members from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. The program seeks to contribute to enhancing the diversity and excellence of our workforce and to be positioned for greater impact in the educational, research, clinical, and service missions.
This program will offer opportunities for mentorship, career planning, research training, networking, funding for professional development experiences, and specific guidance to deal with issues commonly encountered by early career faculty. Long-term benefits from participation may include improved teaching skills, increased scholarly productivity, increase in research funding success, increase in leadership opportunities, and decreased time to promotion.
The COM Faculty Fellows program is for faculty in all tracks. The individualized program offers the following through a combination of workshops and mentors:
- Career Progression: Assist participants with goal-setting, assist with dossier preparation, demystify P&T requirements, and assist with ideas to negotiate with departmental leadership and team members.
- Research Skills and Partnerships (not required): Provide a research skill review and support research training in collaboration with College of Public Health. COM Research Office is a partner in providing supplemental research information and support to help identify experts to assist with every step of the research process.
- Research or Travel Funding Assistance: A variety of research and travel support is eligible to participating fellows and mentors.
- Available Resources: Provide support, coaching and an overview of existing resources; encourage participants to take advantage of them. Emphasize teaching, research, and survival skills.
Faculty Fellow eligibility
- MD, PhD or equivalent doctoral degree;
- Appointment as assistant professor for less than five years;
- Member of an underrepresented minority population defined below*;
- Faculty in a specialty field with low representation of URMs;
- Have not participated previously in an FFMP co-hort
* The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the funding agency for this program, and the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) consider individuals who are from the following racial and ethnic backgrounds to be underrepresented minorities URM: 1) Black or African American; 2) Hispanic, all races; 3) Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; 4) American Indian or Alaska Native.
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