Junior Faculty Development Program

The UMMS Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) provides a foundation for the success of junior faculty at UMMS. Modeled after the program implemented at Penn State College of Medicine for 7 years (2003–2010), the JFDP is an intensive professional development experience for junior faculty designed to facilitate their success in academic medicine. This flagship program is a model for faculty development programs nationally.

The program was successfully implemented at UMMS for the 2010-2011 academic year: in its first seven years, 148 junior faculty have participated in the program.

The program continues during 2017-2018, from September through May. The curriculum sessions are every Thursday morning at 7:00-9:00am. The expected time commitment is four hours per week, including class time, preparation for sessions and work on projects.

The goals of the Junior Faculty Development Program are to:

  • Promote the development and advancement of faculty through a program targeted to and tailored to the specific needs of junior faculty.
  • Nurture and cultivate junior faculty to become the next generation of academic leaders.
  • Support the retention of faculty talent through opportunities and support to continuously build and expand professional skills.

The Program consists of two components:

  • A comprehensive curriculum in topics on research, education, clinical, and academic/career development.
  • A project conducted under the guidance of a senior faculty mentor. The individual project is identified by the participant, approved by their chair, and completed with the assistance of a mentor identified by the Program.

Application & Additional Information

The application deadline for 2017-2018 has passed.  The application cycle for the following year will begin in Spring 2018.

A link to the application is below:

If you have questions, please email Faculty.Affairs@umassmed.edu

Continuing Medical Education

CME Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the Joint Sponsorship of The University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Office of Faculty Affairs. The University of Massachusetts Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Statement: The University of Massachusetts Medical School designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 per session AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s) ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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