The Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) helps prepare junior faculty to flourish as academic physicians and scientists. As a cohort-based program spanning an academic year, the JFPD provides a solid foundation for professional development and career success in academic medicine by:
Promoting the development and advancement of junior faculty through education, skill development, and mentored scholarly projects;
Fostering networking and collaborations among junior faculty;
Facilitating mentoring relationships between senior and junior faculty; and
Increasing the satisfaction, engagement, and retention of junior faculty
Sessions will be held every other Wednesday from September 25, 2024 – April 23, 2025 from 8:00am-10:00am. Participants can expect a time commitment of about 8-10 hours per month which includes class time, session preparation, and project work.
The curriculum covers a broad range of knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed for career success in academic medicine including education, research, leadership, communication, and publication. Sessions are interactive classroom experiences including case discussions, group exercises, and skill development. Sessions will be led by senior faculty, UVa Health System leaders, and experts in education, research, and leadership.
Each participant will identify a project that s/he will pursue during the course of the JFDP with the guidance of a senior faculty mentor. Projects are approved by the department chair and may focus on education, research, or patient care (e.g., grant submission, course/curricula development, clinical QI initiative, etc.). Projects should be relevant to the faculty member’s career interests and assigned departmental responsibilities. All participants will make a presentation on their project at the end of the JFDP.