Faculty Onboarding: Getting Started at UMMS

Welcome to the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS)! We are pleased that you have selected UMMS as a place to develop and expand your professional career. The Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) Faculty Onboarding Program is designed to give new faculty a successful start to their careers at UMMS. The program consists of three parts:

  • Orientation: New Faculty Orientation is offered every three months and is designed to provide information and career guidance.
  • Mentoring: New faculty are matched with a more experienced Onboarding Mentor who will guide and introduce them to the institution.
  • Resources: Each new faculty member receives a Welcome Package of information about the institution and local area; additional information is available in the Getting Started at UMMS pages of our website.

Click on the tabs below for more information about the Faculty Onboarding Program.

Orientation Mentoring Resources

Onboarding Mentor Program

The goal of this program is to provide new faculty with immediate guidance to the department and institution by matching each individual with a more experienced faculty member. The Onboarding Mentor will help new faculty quickly become oriented and connected so that they may thrive in their new academic home. The mentor is expected to:

  • orient the new faculty member to the department and institution
  • introduce the new faculty member to colleagues inside and outside the department at faculty meetings and other events
  • answer questions—“Where is it?” or “How do I . . .?”—or direct to appropriate resources

For more information, download a description of the UMMS Onboarding Mentor Program.

Selecting the Onboarding Mentor

The Onboarding Mentor for each new faculty member is selected by the Chair (or Division Chief in larger departments). When considering the appropriate on-boarding mentor for a particular new faculty member, Chairs and Division Chiefs might review the individual interests, family needs, and the opportunities for frequent interactions during the work day (for example, a more senior faculty member working in the same clinical location would be appropriate for a new clinician). Ideally, the Onboarding Mentor should also be:

  • a good communicator
  • an individual who has successfully navigated the system
  • familiar with departmental and institutional resources

Chairs and Division Chiefs should forward the names of the Onboarding Mentors and their new faculty mentees to the Office of Faculty Affairs.


Orientation for
Onboarding Mentors

Learn about the expectations for Onboarding Mentors and how to enhance your effectiveness as a mentor.

Upcoming Sessions:
Thursday, June 26
Island Conference Room, S2-350