Early Career

The Early Career program is a structured, longitudinal career development program for early career faculty on the Boston University Medical Campus. Participants specify an academic project that will advance their career. To assist in completing their projects, participants receive multiple forms of mentoring. AY20 applications have closed.

Target audience: BUMC Instructors & Assistant Professors

Program Structure

  • Runs September – May
  • 14 sessions; held on Mondays from 2:30-4pm in Evans Seminar Room. AY20 dates below:
    • September 9 & 23
    • October 28
    • November 4
    • December 9
    • January 13 & 27
    • February 10 & 24
    • March 9 & 23
    • April 6 & 20
    • May 11
  • Learning Communities (LCs) held 4-5pm in Evans Seminar, 118 and 115


The components of the Early Career program include:

  1. Project. Participants specify an academic project that will contribute to their professional advancement and provide a timeline designed to facilitate achievement of significant milestones by the end of the nine-month program.
  2. Functional mentor. An assigned content mentor from another department devotes one hour per month to supporting the participant in achieving progress on his/her project.
  3. Curriculum. Expert speakers address areas of professional development to successfully navigate a career in academic medicine through in-person, interactive sessions twice a month for 2.5 hours each.
  4. Peer mentors. Participants meet in learning communities during each in-person session to discuss applications of the curricular content to their work, and provide support and accountability to one another.
  5. Career mentors. Each participant meets individually with one of the program’s senior facilitators approximately once per quarter to discuss their career goals and challenges, and check-in on their experience in the program.

Alumni Testimonials:

“As a clinician striving to advance his academic career, each step along the way is met by a crossroad with difficulty decisions to make. From career advancement, life-work balance, writing grant workshops, to networking, and optimizing your CV, just to name a few, the Early Career program has played a major role in helping me find the clairity of choices and resilience to pursue them wholeheartedly. Plus, forging great friendships and gaining new mentors is a huge bonus!” – Chadi Tannoury, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery, AFA 2013-2014. 

Experiences from Past Program Participants

Current Cohort

2018-2019 AFA Curriculum

AFA 2018-19 Photo Roster

AFA Introduction Slides Sept 24 2018

AFA Developmental Networks Slides Oct 1 2018

Tips for Early Career Mentors and Mentees

Learning Community Resources

Past Cohorts

AFA 2017-2018 Curriculum

AFA 2016-2017 Curriculum

2016 – 2017 Curriculum Map

2016-2017 Early Career Photo Roster

AFA 2015-2016 Curriculum

2015-2016 Early Career Photo Roster

Early Career Curriculum 2014-2015

2014-2015 Early Career Photo Roster

Past Early Career Cohorts