Twenty-two UMass Medical School faculty graduate from early career development program

Junior Faculty Development Program’s mentored scholarly projects advance careers in academic medicine

UMass Medical School Communications

June 13, 2018
The Junior Faculty Development Class of 2018 is pictured with Office of Faculty Affairs leaders Luanne Thorndyke and Robert Milner (back row, second from right and far right) and Susanne Muehlschlegel (front row, far right).

The Junior Faculty Development Class of 2018 is pictured with Office of Faculty Affairs leaders Luanne Thorndyke and Robert Milner (back row, second from right and far right) and Susanne Muehlschlegel (front row, far right). 


While the campus was abuzz with commencement activities, another group of UMass Medical School “students” graduated from a program designed to enhance their future success. The 22 members of the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) Class of 2018 received certificates of achievement at a celebration held May 24. Each completed a mentored scholarly project. Projects represented all mission areas of education, research and service, ranging from clinical trials to outcomes-based research to educational initiatives and planning for new clinical services.

Graduates accepted their certificates in the presence of family members, mentors, department chairs and division chiefs from program co-directors Robert Milner, MD, associate vice provost for professional development and professor of neurology, and Susanne Muehlschlegel, MD, MPH, associate professor of neurology.

Launched at UMass Medical School in 2010 and sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs, the year-long program is an intensive professional development experience for junior faculty designed to empower them and facilitate their success in academic medicine. Developed at Penn State College of Medicine by Dr. Milner and Luanne Thorndyke, MD, vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of medicine, it is regarded as a national model for the development of junior faculty in academic medicine.

“The Junior Faculty Development Program at UMass Medical School has a proven and measurable record of success, both for junior faculty and for the institution,” said Dr. Thorndyke. “Each project is a substantial step along an academic career path of achievement, resulting in important contributions to our academic health sciences center.”

Graduates of the program have generated more than 500 publications and have obtained more than $35 million in grant funding; have a higher rate of retention at both UMMS and UMass Memorial Health Care; have a higher rate of promotion to associate professor compared to all assistant professors for the same years; and are moving into leadership positions including department chair, division chief and residency director.

Senior faculty mentors were also recognized at the event. Thorndyke thanked the department chairs for their support of their faculty to participate in the program, and recognized the junior faculty for their commitment, dedication and work on their projects.

“These graduates are the future leaders of UMMS and academic medicine,” she said. 


Class of 2018 Junior Faculty Development Program

Junior faculty member

Project

Mentor

Idanis Berrios Morales, MD
assistant professor of neurology

The role of shared decision making and clinical outcomes on patients with multiple sclerosis

Kathleen Mazor, EdD
professor of medicine

David Choi, MD, PhD
assistant professor of radiology

Resting state fMRI study of concussion in collegiate athletes

Bruce Barton, PhD, professor of quantitative health sciences

Deepika Devuni, MD
assistant professor of medicine

Does sustained virological response (SVR) alter gut microbiome in patients with chronic hepatitis C without cirrhosis?

Beth McCormick, PhD
vice chair and professor of microbiology & physiological systems

Amna Diwan, MD
assistant professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation

Orthopedic trauma patient discharge—standardization of process, facilitating early rehab and decreasing length of stay

Alok Kapoor, MD
associate professor of medicine

Tina Dumont, MD, PhD
assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology

The protein/creatinine ratio versus 24-hour urine protein for the prediction of adverse outcomes in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy

Bei-Hung Chang, ScD
associate professor of quantitative health sciences

Misha Faustina, MD
assistant professor of ophthalmology

Developing and submitting an application for a new residency program in ophthalmology

Ty Fraga, PhD
associate program director for obstetrics & gynecology

Stefanie Gauguet, MD, PhD
 assistant professor of pediatrics

Improving communication skills of pediatric health care providers through a simulation-based program

Scott Wellman, MD
associate professor of family medicine & community health

Kristina Gracey, MD, MPH
assistant professor of family medicine & community health

Do you want to be Barre FIT?

Judith Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA
the Barbara Helen Smith Chair in Preventive and Behavioral Medicine and professor of medicine

Farid Hamzei-Sichani, MD, PhD
assistant professor of neurosurgery

Functional connectome of high-frequency networks in human epilepsy

Brian Silver, MD
professor of neurology

Mayuko Ito Fukunaga, MD
assistant professor of medicine

Improvement of awareness and access to lung cancer screening at UMass Memorial Medical Center

Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH
professor of family medicine & community health

Hillary Irons, MD, PhD
assistant professor of emergency medicine

Trailside screening for neurocognitive impairment in hypobaric hypoxia

Susanne Muehlschlegel, MD, MPH
associate professor of neurology

Frances Lagana, DPM
assistant professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation

Development and implementation of a specialized foot wound center at UMass Memorial Medical Center

Gregory Volturo, MD
chair and professor of emergency medicine

Evan Lau, MD
assistant professor of medicine at UMMS-Baystate

Cardiogenic shock and an acute mechanical circulatory support registry

Robert Goldberg, PhD
professor of quantitative health sciences

Theodore Macnow, MD
assistant professor of pediatrics

The role of screen time in recovery from concussion

Kavita Babu, MD
associate professor of emergency medicine

Payal Modi, MD, MPH
assistant professor of emergency medicine

Diagnosing pediatric pneumonia with point of care lung ultrasound in low resource settings

Suzanne Cashman, DSc
professor of family medicine & community health

Matthew Parker, MD, assistant professor of medicine

Ventricular reverse remodeling following aortic valve replacement in the elderly

Robert Goldberg, PhD
professor of quantitative health sciences

Victor Polshin, MD
assistant professor of anesthesiology & perioperative medicine

Acute pain management after video-assisted thoracic surgery

Louis Messina, MD
professor of surgery

Caridad Ponce Martinez, MD
assistant professor of psychiatry

Evaluating outcomes of initiating medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder during an acute psychiatric hospitalization

Kate Lapane, PhD
professor of quantitative health sciences

Valerie Sharpe, MD
assistant professor of psychiatry at UMMS-Baystate

Maternal stress associated with breastfeeding: Identification of risk factors and strategies for management

Nancy Byatt, DO, MBA
associate professor of psychiatry

Jennifer Smith, MD
assistant professor of anesthesiology & perioperative medicine

Creation of edidermolysis bullosa pathway for perioperative care: A comprehensive guide

Karen Wiss, MD
professor of dermatology

Katherine Sullivan, MD, MS
assistant professor of pediatrics

Defining novel urinary markers for prolonged apnea of prematurity

Tiffany Moore Simas, MD
associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology

Sakiko Suzuki, MD
instructor in medicine

AON-induced alternative splicing as novel therapy with hematologic malignancies

Michelle Kelliher, PhD
professor of molecular, cell & cancer biology

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