Joy McCann Professorship
In June 2005 the University of Massachusetts Medical School received an endowment from the Joy McCann Foundation to establish a Joy McCann Professorship for Women in Medicine. The purpose of the Professorship is to identify and reward female faculty who have demonstrated leadership in medical education, mentoring, research, patient care and community service. The explicit intent of the Joy McCann Foundation is that the stipend be used to encourage, inspire, and reward the recipient to promote the advancement of women.
2011: Dr. Julia Andrieni, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine. Goal: to create an easily accessible continuum of academic mentors: REACT NOW (Researchers, Educators, Administrators, Clinicians, & Trainees Network of Women)
2008: Dr. Patricia Franklin, Professor, Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation. Goal: To support the advancement of women at UMMS through data and research.
2005: Dr. Linda Weinreb, Professor, Vice Chair, Family Medicine and Community Health. Goal: To catalyze a process that would result in institutional steps to increase advancement and mentoring opportunities for women scientist/physicians.
Presented at AAMC 2011. Click image for Pdf with details of recipient goals and results.
Criteria for the Joy McCann Professorship Award The Successful Candidate…
- Will be a full-time female academic physician and faculty member of UMMS with at least 5 years of full-time service as an academic physician.
- Will have documented evidence of providing mentoring and leadership in the medical profession and will have served as an effective mentor, advisor or role model to other faculty, medical students or residents in teaching, research or clinical care.
- Will have demonstrated leadership at the local, regional/community, or national level.
- Will have a clear and strong vision of how the Joy McCann Professorship will allow her to promote the success of women medical students, residents and faculty on this campus.
- Will use the Professorship to promote the success of women faculty, residents, and student.
In addition to promoting the success of women faculty, residents and medical students, during her three year tenure, the Joy McCann Professor will be expected to:
- Become an active member of the Women’s Faculty Committee
- Become an active member of the Women’s Leadership Work Group
- Report annually on progress to the Women’s Leadership Work Group
- Report annually on progress to the Women’s Faculty Committee
- Report annually on progress to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
- Report annually on progress to the Joy McCann Professorship Program
- Report annually all activities and expenditures to the Office of Research
Members of the UMMS community are invited to submit nominations with a written, one-page letter describing the nominee’s teaching, service, clinical care and mentoring skills. Self-nomination is not permitted. The most recent nomination deadline was February 18, 2011. The Office of Faculty Affairs will announce the next call for nominations.
- A Review Committee is assembled, composed of leaders from the Women’s Faculty Committee, Office of Faculty Affairs, medical students, and residents from several Graduate Medical training programs.
- The Committee scans all nominees and selects no more than 10 candidates for a thorough review. The candidates are asked to submit 3 letters of support, their CV, and a statement of their vision for the Professorship.
- The Review Committee selects 3 finalists, who are interviewed individually. Important components of the interview include documentation of the candidate’s leadership and mentoring successes and assessment of each candidate’s vision regarding how the Professorship would allow the candidate to promote the success of women medical students, residents and faculty of UMMS.
- After deliberation and review of all the information compiled, the Review Committee ranks the candidates and submits the slate to the Dean of the Medical School, who makes the final selection of the Joy McCann Professor.