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Mentoring Task Force 30 August 2010 Updates from the working groups Recruitment and promotion Curriculum development Research and evaluation Refining the application process Application format Information sessions Application deadline

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mentoring task force 30 august 2010
Mentoring Task Force30 August 2010
  • Updates from the working groups
    • Recruitment and promotion
    • Curriculum development
    • Research and evaluation
  • Refining the application process
    • Application format
    • Information sessions
    • Application deadline
  • Next meeting: Monday, September 13, 3:00 p.m. Evans 118
meetings with chairs
Stephen Christiansen

James Becker (Surgery)

Benedict Daly (Cardio-Thoracic)

Thomas Einhorn (Orthopedic)

Kenneth Grundfast (Otolaryngology)

Keith Lewis (Anesthesiology)

Jonathon Olshaker (Emergency)

Barry Zuckerman (Pediatrics)

Ariel Hirsch

Richard Babayan (Urology)

Lawrence Chin (Neurosurgery)

Alexander Norbash (Radiology)

Stephanie Oberhaus

Rhoda Alani (Dermatology)

David Atkinson (Physiology)

Ron Corley (Microbio)

David Harris (Biochem)

Linda Heffner (OB/Gyn)

Mark Moss (Anatomy)

Emelia Benjamin

Domenic Ciraulo (Psychiatry)

Larry Culpepper (Family Medicine)

David Farb (Pharmacology)

Carlos Kase (Neurology)

Bob Meenan (Public Health)

Daniel Remick (Pathology)

Lisa Sullivan (Public Health)

Steve Williams (Rehab)

Meetings with chairs
Applying for a grant?Developing a curriculum?Writing an article?Starting a clinic?Preparing a quality initiative?

Assistant Professors in the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, School of Medicine, and School of Public Health are invited to apply for the

Early Career Faculty Development Program

This year-long, structured mentoring program will meet throughout the 2011 academic year to provide peer support and one-on-one guidance to meet your professional goals.

Information sessions:

Thursday, September 23 Wednesday, September 29

12:00 to 12:30 p.m. 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Evans 118 Evans 118

For more information and to submit an application:


The Boston University Medical Campus Mentoring Task Force is looking for volunteers to participate in a one-hour focus group.

  • In preparation for a yearlong structured mentoring program to begin in January, the Task Force would like to hear from assistant professors in any department:
  • What do you feel you need to know to succeed in this academic setting?
  • What are the things that concern you about your professional development?
  • Available times:
  • Tuesday, August 31 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, September 1 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
  • From mid-career and senior faculty, the Task Force is interested to learn:
  • What do you wish you had known when you began at BU?
  • How did you overcome the obstacles to professional advancement?
  • Available time:
    • Thursday, September 2 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
focus group questions
Focus group questions

Getting oriented

  • What have been your impressions about working at BUMC?
  • How easy has it been to access information about applying for funding? The promotions process?
  • How have you changed professionally since arriving at BUMC?

Career planning

  • What are three concrete professional goals you are working toward?
  • How equipped do you feel to carry out your professional responsibilities?
  • What has been the most significant obstacle to your professional success?
  • What professional skills would you like to acquire or improve?
  • What questions do you have about career development?

Mentoring experience

  • Can you tell us about your experiences here with mentoring, either formal or informal?
  • How helpful do you find the mentoring you received?
  • Do you mentor anyone?
  • What are the qualities of an effective mentor?

Job satisfaction

  • Have you ever considered leaving BUMC?
  • Do you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • How often did you feel stressed about work?
  • What would make BUMC a better work environment?
  • What do you wish you had known when you joined the faculty?
rank these topics on importance for your professional success

Working with a diverse group of people

Managing conflict

Tackling difficult conversations

Running a meeting

Soliciting & providing feedback

Exerting Influence

Managing change

Navigating generational issues

Balancing compliance vs. innovation

Work-life balance

Keeping a healthy lifestyle

Enforcing boundaries

Practicing time management

Maintaining motivation


Writing papers

Writing grants

Planning and disseminating curricula

Developing presentation skills

Disseminating content for clinician educators

Career management

Understanding guidelines for promotion

Building mentoring networks

Conducting self-evaluation

Acculturating to an academic environment

Rank these topics on importance for your professional success:

Participants in the Early Career Faculty Development Program will experience:

Increased scholarly productivity

Faster time to promotion

Enhanced teaching effectiveness

Compared to assistant professors who do not receive structured mentoring

Human resources

Research subjects

12 Program participants

12 Rejected applicants

12 Control group


Peter S. Cahn

Samuel Frank

Michael Ieong

Judith Jones

BUMC support

Institutional Review Board

Clinical Research Resources Office

Faculty Development and Diversity Website


CV Analysis

Research subjects submit CVs January 2011, January 2012, and January 2013

Two senior faculty reviews each CV

Reviewers evaluate subjective criteria

Reviewers record quantitative academic achievements


Survey asks research subjects to rate level of skill or ability

Subjects complete a developmental network questionnaire

Assessed in January 2011, January 2012, and January 2013

Semi-Structured Interview

Conducted January 2011, January 2012, and January 2013

Collect qualitative information about faculty member’s professional development

Record, transcribe, and code for thematic content


Program graduates display:

Greater improvement in subjective measures of CV

More papers published and grants received

More leadership positions within their department and professional organizations

Greater likelihood that reviewers rate candidate ready for promotion

Program graduates display:

Better understanding of the promotion process

Higher job satisfaction

Greater loyalty to BUMC

Increased confidence in overcoming professional obstacles

Program graduates display:

Greater confidence in professional abilities over time

Broader and denser mentoring networks

Greater likelihood of mentoring others




Publish paper in peer-reviewed journal Decreased faculty attrition Greater understanding of mentoring programs

Design statistically significant study Rise in NIH rankings Increased job satisfaction at academic medical centers

Identify improvements for mentoring Enhanced resources for mentoring Promote healthier work/life balance



application early career faculty development program
ApplicationEarly Career Faculty Development Program
  • Name*
  • Email*
  • Phone*
  • Department*
  • Section
  • Academic rank*
  • Track*
  • Year joined BU*
  • Do you consider yourself to be Hispanic/Latino?
    • Yes
    • No
  • In addition, select one or more of the following racial categories to describe yourself:
  • Gender
    • Male
    • Female
    • Prefer Not to Answer
  • Anything else about your background that you'd like us to know?

Career goals: What are your long-term career goals? How will completion of your proposed project enable you to better achieve them?

  • Project: Give the overall objective of the project and specific aims
  • Methods: What methods will you use to complete it? What is your timeline for completion?
  • Outcomes: What will be the deliverables or outcomes of the completed project
  • Challenges: What challenges or barriers do you foresee to completing your project?
  • Benefits: How will the completion of this project benefit your department, BUMC, or the community?
  • Mentors: Who would be an appropriate mentor for this project? What types of expertise do you seek?
  • CV*
  • Letter of support from department or section chair