All junior faculty (at the level of Assistant Professor) are encouraged to select a mentor from among the many Associate and Full Professors within the School of Medicine. Newly hired faculty are assigned a mentor by their department to assist with the transition to academic medicine at UVA. If you’re unsure who your mentor is or have questions about mentoring, contact your department chair or division chief.

Mentoring at SOM


The goals of the mentor-protegee relationship include:

  • Orienting new faculty
  • Facilitating introductions
  • Mentoring in research
  • Reviewing grants and manuscripts
  • Evaluating teaching 
  • Supplementing annual career review
  • Preparing professional portfolio
  • Advocating within/beyond institution

We recognize that mentoring relationships will evolve over time, and may cross departmental boundaries. We encourage such an evolutionary process. Recognizing that faculty needs are so variable, we have deliberately not prescribed an agenda for faculty mentor-mentee activities; however, we have developed an Early-Career Faculty Mentoring Program to support the unique needs of junior faculty and their mentors.