Junior Faculty Development Program

The UMMS Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) has provided 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 and has been implemented at other academic health centers.

The program was first implemented at UMMS in 2010. In the eight years of the program at UMMS (2010–18), 160 junior faculty have completed the program, supported by over 100 senior faculty mentors.

The JFDP has demonstrated outcomes: for example, graduates of the program are promoted and retained at UMMS at significantly higher rates than faculty who did not participate.

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, 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.

Additional information:

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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