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Junior Faculty Development BOOTCAMP

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Are you in the first 3 years of your faculty appointment as Instructor or Assistant Professor?

Do you have aspirations for an academic career?

The BOOTCAMP is designed for you . . .

A comprehensive introduction to the competencies
necessary for a successful academic career

Individuals in their first faculty position need to secure the competencies—knowledge, skills and behaviors— necessary to sustain a productive and successful academic career. Junior faculty are recruited with training in research or clinical practice but they often lack the skills—beyond the ability to perform in the laboratory or the clinic—critical to navigate a successful academic career. Furthermore, most junior faculty are expected to teach but may have little training in education. The Junior Faculty Development BOOTCAMP is adapted from the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP), an intensive year-long course with a remarkable 16-year, multi-institution history and a proven track record in advancing the academic careers of junior faculty. The BOOTCAMP features elements of the JFDP curriculum adapted for a wider audience of early faculty.

The BOOTCAMP will be offered again in June 2020—exact dates will be announced.

Goal: The BOOTCAMP will provide the foundation for junior faculty to achieve professional and academic success.

Objectives: Participants will acquire the skills, knowledge and behaviors to

  • define their goals and develop a career plan
  • plot a course to meet the expectations for academic advancement
  • develop competencies necessary in education, research and clinical practice
  • build and manage interpersonal relationships, including mentoring
  • enhance written and verbal communication skills and networking
  • cultivate habits for scholarship
  • balance professional and personal obligations to promote wellness and satisfaction

Target Audience: Faculty in the first three years of their initial appointment, including clinicians, investigators, and educators in academic medicine or higher education.

Location: The program will be held at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester, MA, adjacent to the UMMS Campus.

Faculty: Program Directors: Luanne Thorndyke, MD, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Robert Milner, PhD, Associate Vice Provost for Professional Development at UMMS. The course will also feature faculty experts from UMMS and beyond.

Registration: Registration includes all program materials, lunch and refreshments for three days and the opening night reception and dinner. Registration will open in early 2020.

Accomodation: A limited number of rooms will be reserved at a discounted price at the Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605, adjacent to the UMMS Campus.

Travel: Worcester is served by nearby airports in Boston, Providence, Hartford and Worcester. Shuttle services are available from these airports to UMMS.