URG Faculty Development Program

AY20 applications have closed.

Target Audience: Under-represented Racial and Ethnic Groups in Medicine* (URG) faculty at BUMC.  


  • Enhance peer mentoring and sense of community among URG faculty members
  • Develop/enhance leadership and career development skills identified by participants as areas for development
  • Engage in meaningful discussions about the experience of navigating academic health sciences as a URG faculty member
  • Contribute to efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive environment at BUMC


  • Monthly meetings for 1.5 hours from October to June on Thursday afternoons (4:30 – 6pm)
  • Participants commit to actively participate in at least 7 of the 9 sessions


  • Content experts facilitate experiential seminars to develop leadership and career development skills identified as important by participants
  • Articles from academic journals and the lay press, TED Talks, and other relevant media are used as launching point for discussions about the experiences, challenges, and successes faced by participants in their careers in academic health sciences.
    • Participants rotate nominating articles and leading discussions
  • Peer mentoring to share challenges, strategies, and best practices in a community of colleagues
  • Program facilitated by Emelia Benjamin, Assistant Provost, Faculty Development, BUMC; Sheila Chapman, Department of Medicine Associate Chair, URG Post-Graduate Development; & Sabrina Assoumou, Department of Medicine Associate Chair, URG Faculty Development

AY20 Program Dates: Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm

October 3
November 14
December 19
January 16
February 13
March 5
April 16
May 14
June 18

Alumni Testimonial:

“The URG Faculty Development Program provided me with the necessary skills to continue evolving my professional career. The program not only provided me with skills to better organize my time, develop effective relationships with my mentors, and have difficult conversations with my supervisors, but also became a safe space to share my perceptions and ideas about the challenges that we face as URG faculty. The skills that I acquired have opened many doors for me to continue on the path to achieve my career goals.” – Pablo Buitron de la Vega, MD, Department of Medicine, 2016-17.

Experiences from Past Program Participants

For more information about the URG Faculty Development Program, please contact Robina M. Bhasin, EdM, Director of Faculty Development and Diversity, at rbhasin@bu.edu.

*The NIH defines under-represented groups in medicine as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.

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