Date Topic Presenter Reading Assignment Learning Community Discussion Topic(s) Learning objectives
September 15, 2014 Introduction All facilitators Chapman AB, Guay-Woodford LM. 2008. Nurturing Passion in a Time of Academic Climate Change: The Modern-Day Challenge of Junior Faculty Development. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol;3(6):1878-1883.

One-minute elevator speech on your background and project. Discuss in learning communities:

  • Expectations of the learning community
  • Mentors and projects
  • Goal setting
  • Begin parking lot of what the group wants to talk about
  • Commitments by each participant
  • Get to know the 2014-2015 AFA cohort and facilitators
  • Learn about each others’ research interests and projects
  • Establish the expectations for the program
September 22, 2014 Setting career goals Mark Braun
Robina Bhasin
Bickel J. 2008. Career Development as a Long-Distance Hike. J Gen Intern Med;24(1):118-121.

Self-assessment tool

  • Come prepared with an understanding of your strengths and areas for growth
  • Reflect on your personal and professional career goals
  • Share results of self-assessment
  • Recognize common challenges and career goals
  • Stimulate long-term thinking
  • Foster self-reflection
October 20, 2014
Developing mentoring and strategic relationships


Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM Higgins   MC, Kram KE 2008. A New Approach to Mentoring. Wall Street Journal; September 22.

Gillespie SM, et al. 2012. Love Letters: An anthology of constructive relationship advice shared between junior mentees and their mentors. Journal of Graduate Medical Education; September.

Gallo A. 2011. Demystifying_Mentoring. Harvard Business Review Blog Network; February.
Complete Developmental Network Map © S. Jean Emans, MD; Maxine Milstein, MBA; Ellen W. Seely, MD; and Audrey Haas, MBA; 2014.This Developmental Network Exercise was adapted, with permission, from the work of Kathy Kram, PhD, (Boston University School of Management) by S. Jean Emans, MD and Maxine Milstein, MBA (Boston Children’s Hospital) and Ellen W. Seely, MD and Audrey Haas, MBA (Brigham & Women’s Hospital). All rights reserved. This material cannot be duplicated or used without permission.

Identify one inspirational leader in the institution or in your field who you want to add to your network
Share reactions to the process of developing a network map

  • Review and discuss case-based scenarios
  • Provide feedback on tips for mentors and mentees
  • Discuss your strategy for contacting the senior leader you have identified
  • Be able to establish and maintain a productive mentoring relationship
  • Develop skills to identify and connect wtih mentors and strategic leaders
  • Polish your elevator speech and “the ask”
October 27, 2014
Career mapping
Angela Jackson, MD Put your CV in BU CV format (if it is not already)
  • CV review in small groups by phenotype
  • Establish short and long term career goals
  • Determine strategies for meeting those goals
November 17, 2014 Understanding your personality style in the context of the organization
DiSC workbook
Marci Bloch Stybel, LJ et al. 2005. Friend, Foe, Ally, Adversary……or   Something else? MIT Sloan   Management Review; 46(4), 13-16. Take DISC personality inventory

Review personality inventory results in learning communities:

  • Which aspects of the results had the biggest impact on you?
  • Did anything surprise you?
  • Will it influence your actions in any way?
  • Recognize personality types
  • Empathize more with colleagues
  • Collaborate more effectively with colleagues
November 24, 2014 Difficult Conversations
Francine Montemurro, JD Active Listening-Listening for the Total Meaning

Agreement and Resolution

Elements of Principled Negotiations

I Messages Handout

Positions and Interests-Understanding What’s Really at Stake

Seven Elements of Effective Negotiations

Ringer J. 2006. We Have to Talk: A Step-By-Step Checklist for Difficult Conversations.
Review the agenda and read all readings (including all of the PDFs to the left and the ones listed in the agenda) Practice preparing for and having a difficult conversation Develop strategies for effectively managing conflict and difficult conversations
December 1, 2014 Academic writing

Peter Cahn, PhD

Perneger TV, Hudelson PM.  Writing a research article: advice to beginners. Int J Qual Health Care 2004; 16(3), 191–2. PMID: 15150149

Crichton M. 1975. Sounding board: medical obfuscation: structure and function. N Engl J Med;293(24):1257–1259.

Reflect on the following questions and come prepared to discuss:

  1. When do you find yourself procrastinating most during a writing project?
  2. What do you read for fun? What can you learn from non-academic writers?
  3. How can you use your fellow scholars to hold you accountable to your writing goals?
  • How can the members of the group hold each other
    accountable to your writing goals
  • Share project updates
  • Overcome barriers to getting started on writing projects
  • Present scientific ideas clearly
  • Edit manuscripts to refine the argument
December 22, 2014 Progress reports on projects and mid-year check in All participants Prepare a one-page bulleted summary on your project:

  • Milestones
  • Challenges
  • Future directions
Full session in learning communities:

  • Share project updates with the group
  • Participants hold each other accountable to their project goals
  • Generate solutions for common obstacles
  • Encourage forward momentum
January 5, 2015
Work-life integration

Shrier, D et al.  2006.  Over the Life Cycle Pediatricians Leading the Way: Integrating a Career and a Family/Personal LifePediatrics; 117, 519-522. PMID: 16452372 Write the speech for your retirement party or obituary (whichever you prefer to write)
  • Share speeches in small groups of 3-4 people
  • Identify major themes in speeches in learning communities
  • Identify what recharges your batteries
  • Understand   the important of exercise and rest to performance and health
January 26, 2015
Getting published
DeMaria. 2007. How Do I Get a Paper Accepted? Journal of the American College of Cardiology; 49(15); 1666-7.

Provenzale JM. 2009. Ten Principles to Improve the Likelihood of Publication of a Scientific Manuscript. AJR; 188: 1179-1182.

Pierson DJ. 2004. The Top 10 Reasons Why Manuscripts Are Not Accepted for Publication. Respitory Care; 49 (10): 1246-1252.

Bourne PE. 2005. Ten simple rules for getting published. LoS Comput Biol; 1(5):0341-0342.

Email Robina ( with the small group discussion topic you are most interested in by January 12, 2015. Facilitated discussion in small groups according to topic of interest:

  • How to come up with an idea worth publishing on
  • How to find the time to write
  • How to know when you are ready to submit the paper
  • Handling reviews and revisions
  • Effecitvely handling authorship conflicts
  • Target papers to the proper journal
  • Respond to peer review effectively
  • Avoid authorship pitfalls
February 2, 2015 Demystifying the promotions process and navigating your career development
Kitt Shaffer, MD, PhD
  • Bring three questions that you have about the promotions process to the session
  • Small group discussions based on publishing areas of interest (see above for topics)
  • Recognize where your passions lie and what motivates you to do your work
February 23, 2015 Finding funding

Panel of AFA alumni and representative from BU Office of Sponsored Programs
Campbell EG. 2009. The Future of Research Funding in Academic Medicine. N Engl J Med; 360(15):1482-3.

Porter R. 2007. Why Academics Have a Hard Time Writing Good Research Proposals. J of Res Admin; 38(2):37-43.
Locate possible funding source using:

Divide into small groups according to grant writing areas of interest:
  • How to know when you are ready to apply for a grant
  • Study design
  • Alternative funding sources
  • K awards
  • Identify appropriate sources of funding
  • Assess when you are ready to apply for different kinds of grants
March 2, 2015
Building high performing teams
Mark Braun
Think about experiences you have had working in teams:

  • What has made them positive and/or successful when they have been?
  • What have been the pitfalls when they have not been?
  • Identify the strenghts of team members
  • Develop strategies to work effectively as a team member and leader
March 16, 2015
Resilience in academic medicine
Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM
  • Discuss situations of setbacks and opportunities for growth
  • Self-care strategies
  • Normalize the discussion of shame and resilience in your career
April 27, 2015

Turning education into scholarship
Sharon Levine, MD Fincher RE. et al. 2000. Scholarship in Teaching: An Imperative for the 21st Century. Acad Med; 75:887-894. Educators: How can you turn a curriculum or education project you are working on into research and scholarship?
Investigators: How can you turn a research project you are working on into a curriculum or educational workshop (e.g. for a training grant)?
All: Come prepared to share your ideas and challenges with your learning community.
  • Assess educational interventions
  • Share pedagogical innovations with a wide audience
April 6, 2015 Public speaking
Robert Lowe, MD Heath D. 2010. Made to Stick: Presentations that Stick. Fast Company. April 7. Prepare a 1-2 minute talk on a topic of your choosing.Watch this video prior to the session on ” life after death by powerpoint”
  • Learn techniques for effective public speaking and presentations
May 4, 2015 Project presentations All participants Prepare 5 minute/5 slide presentation of the most important aspect(s) of the AFA for you.
This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Your project
  • A particular area in which you have grown over the course of your time in the
  • How the AFA has impacted your career development
Your presentation can (but does not have to)
  • Accomplishments
  • Next steps
  • Lessons learned
  • What you wish you had learned
Provide feedback to presenters
  • Participants share their experiences in the program
May 18, 2014 Project presentations and graduation All faculty, mentors, and mentees.

Prepare presentation (see May 4th assignment) Provide feedback to presenters
  • Participants share their experiences in the program
  • Celebrate milestones.

All sessions take place in the Wilkins Board Room in the BU School of Medicine