"Faculty are the backbone of our department. I believe our genotype reflects our phenotype, we are who we recruit, develop, and retain. Supporting each faculty member to achieve his or her professional goals with a partnership with the UMMS Office of Faculty Affairs and the leadership development opportunities offered by the clinical systems, our faculty serve in key leadership roles both within and outside the department."
-Dr. Shubjeet Kaur
Junior Faculty Development Program
"The UMMS Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) provides a foundation for the success of junior faculty at UMMS. Modeled after the program implemented at Penn State College of Medicine for 7 years (2003–2010), the JFDP is an intensive professional development experience for junior faculty designed to facilitate their success in academic medicine. This flagship program is a model for faculty development programs nationally.
The program was successfully implemented at UMMS for the 2010-11 academic year: in its first five years, 110 junior faculty have participated in the program.
The goals of the Junior Faculty Development Program are to:
- Promote the development and advancement of faculty through a program targeted to and tailored to the specific needs of junior faculty.
- Nurture and cultivate junior faculty to become the next generation of academic leaders.
- Support the retention of faculty talent through opportunities and support to continuously build and expand professional skills.
The Program consists of two components:
- A comprehensive curriculum in topics on research, education, clinical, and academic/career development.
- A project conducted under the guidance of a senior faculty mentor. The individual project is identified by the participant, approved by their chair, and completed with the assistance of a mentor identified by the Program."
Physicians Leadership Development Program
(From left to right: Drs. Cosar, Cintora, Matheos, and Joshi. Not pictured: Drs. Levreault and Walz)
"Through collaboration between UMass Memorial Medical Group and the Healthcare Delivery Institute at WPI, has been developed to enhance leadership and management skills for today's physicians. Participants learn about topics that are relevant to the current healthcare arena and to their everyday professional responsibilities.
The program is designed to benefit key individuals within healthcare organizations who have been nominated as ready to learn and advance their leadership careers. Delivery is in a blended-learning format combining self-study, team and traditional classroom learning, and project work. The program is fully customizable by organization, with flexibility in covered topics, scheduling and desired learning outcomes."