Academy for Faculty Advancement: Early Career Faculty Development Program

For all updated information on the Academy for Faculty Advancement, please see the Boston University Medical Group website.


Objective:

The Academy for Faculty Advancement (AFA) 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.


Target Audience:

BUMC Instructors & Assistant Professors


Time Committment:

14 sessions from September to May; held on Mondays from 2:30-5pm


Content:

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.

 

For more information about the AFA, please contact Robina M. Bhasin, EdM, Director of Faculty Development and Diversity at rbhasin@bu.edu or at 617-358-3515.

For all updated information on the Academy for Faculty Advancement, please see the Boston University Medical Group website.