Mentoring for Junior Faculty Members at Georgetown Medical School
A new phase of the Georgetown Medical School Mentoring Program began in the fall of 2008. The program is based on the idea that junior faculty need both specific/content-oriented mentoring (e.g., specialty-specific career information and content expertise like editing of grant applications), as well as general career advice relevant to advancing as a medical school faculty member. The Faculty Development Committee Mentoring Subcommittee is therefore assigning mentors to serve in the second (general career) capacity, while departments are providing mentors to serve in the first (content and specific) capacity.
The following are elements of the Faculty Mentoring Program:
• Each chair has appointed a departmental Director of Mentoring, a senior person interested in mentoring who maintains a liaison with the GSOM FD Mentoring Program. This person has the responsibility for reporting to the FDC on department-based mentor-mentee pairs, and for encouraging junior and senior faculty to actively participate in the program.
• Information about departmental mentor-mentee pairs is passed along to the Faculty Development Committee Mentoring Subcommittee once the faculty member arrives, so it can track the mentor/mentee pair and send them information.
• Information on new faculty is kept on file so they can be contacted by the Associate Dean/FDC about FD programs, and with information about the mentoring program.
• In the 2nd or 3rd year at Georgetown, the faculty member is contacted to join the FDC mentoring program. This entails being assigned a second mentor outside of the person’s department, to complement the ongoing relationship with the departmental mentor. This career mentor can provide general information about career advancement and development in the medical school, and is available to discuss issues that come up about goals, activities, and any concerns that the junior faculty member might have. Mentor-mentee pairs in this program are encouraged to meet quarterly.
• Guidelines have been developed that cover the structure, content, and process of the program (see below).
• Mentors and mentees evaluate the program on an annual basis.
• Mentors and mentees can request changes in their assigned mentee/mentor at any time.
• Department and general mentors are strongly encouraged to work together with the junior faculty person and with each other.
• The assignment of mentees to experienced mentors depends upon a cadre of experienced faculty who volunteer for the program. Many mentors have already enrolled, and the Director of Mentoring will help the FDC identify and encourage other senior faculty from their department who would be appropriate and skilled at this activity.
• The FDC and the CAP are developing guidelines for how senior faculty members will receive credit for mentoring.
Mentoring Program Faculty
• Bonnie L. Green, PhD, Associate Dean for Faculty Development
• Elliott Crooke, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs
• Virginia Steen, M.D. Chair, Faculty Development Subcommittee Chair for Mentoring
• Mentoring Subcommittee of the Faculty Development Committee
Judy Wang, PhD
Dionne S. Coker-Appiah, PhD
Marian Wulf-Gutierrez, MD
Hong JI, MD