Date Topic Presenter Reading Assignment Learning Community Discussion Topic(s) Learning objectives
September 16, 2013 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 2013-2014 AFA cohort and facilitators
  • Learn about each other’s research interests and projects
  • Establish the expectations for the program
September 30, 2013 Setting career goals
David Coleman, MD Bickel J. 2008. Career Development as a Long-Distance Hike. J Gen Intern Med;24(1):118-121.

Self-assessment tool Share results of self-assessment
  • Stimulate long-term thinking
  • Foster self-reflection
October 21, 2013 Understanding your personality style in the context of the organization

Stephen Brady, PhD Stybel, LJ et al. 2005. Friend, Foe, Ally, Adversary……or   Something else? MIT Sloan   Management Review; 46(4), 13-16. Take 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
October 28, 2013
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.
  • 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 senior leader you admire and 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”
November 4, 2013 Having difficult conversations

Francine Montemurro, JD Ringer J. 2006. We Have to Talk: A Step-By-Step Checklist for Difficult Conversations. Think of a conversation you have been putting off.

Take the conflict styles survey:
  • Continue the discussion from the presentation
  • Share examples of successful and failed difficult conversations
    • Identify the Five Conflict Styles, including your own style and when to use which style
    • Discuss how you might prepare for a difficult conversation
    • Imagine how you might want to begin a difficult conversation
      Nocember 25, 2013 Writing papers 


      Peter Cahn, PhD

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

      Write out 5 barriers to writing and 5 strategies to overcome the barriers

      • Share assignments
      • Discuss how you know what to write about and where to start
      • AFA alumni share their tips
      • Overcome writer’s block
      • Present data in a compelling way
      December 2, 2013 Getting Published

      Vasan Ramachandran, MD 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. PLoS Comput Biol; 1(5):0341-0342.

      Think of a topic you want to write about in the coming year and come prepared with 5 potential journals you think it could be published in
      • Target papers to the proper journal
      • Respond to peer review effectively
      • Avoid authorship pitfalls
      December 9, 2013
      Progress reports on projects and mid-year check-in
      All participants
      Prepare brief presentation on your project and program reflections:

      • Introduce yourself /elevator speech
      • Overview of your project: progress to date, challenges and future directions
      • One thing you have learned in the AFA to date that you have implemented in your work
      • One area you hope to learn about or improve before the end of the program
      In large group:

      • Presentations (5-6 minutes each)
      • Encourage forward momentum
      • Generate solutions for common obstacles
      • Meet learning needs of participants
      January 13, 2014
      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 27, 2014
      Navigating your career development
      Bob Witzburg, MD
      • Interview an institutional leader who is inspiring to you
      • Discuss the experience of interviewing an inspirational institutional leader in learning communities – what did you learn?
      • Recognize where your passions lie and what motivates you to do your work
      February 10, 2014 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
      February 24, 2014
      Turning education into scholarship

      Fincher RE. et al. 2000. Scholarship in Teaching: An Imperative for the 21st Century. Acad Med; 75:887-894. Access three MedEd Portal publications
      • Assess educational interventions
      • Share pedagogical innovations with a wide audience
      March 10, 2014
      Building and managing a team

      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 24, 2014 Creative teaching strategies: how to develop a curriculum and facilitate learning in ways that engage students


      Kitt Shaffer, MD, PhD Hesketh EA, Laidlaw JM. 2002. Facilitating Learning. Med Teach; 24(5):479-482.

      • Bring a brief outline of a lecture you currently give.
      • Describe how you would turn this into a flipped classroom event.
      • List one active learning session you might design to cover the same material.
      • Discussion of how a flipped classroom could be used in
        various teaching settings.
      • Share ideas
        about how to design active learning sessions.
      • Think beyond digital slide lectures
      • State theoretical bases for effective teaching
      • Consider using a flipped classroom model
      • Deal with loss of control in learner-directed teaching
      April 7, 2014 Career mapping

      Angela Jackson, MD Put your CV in BU-CV_1-27-2012 (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
      April 28, 2014 Public speaking Deborah Siwik, PhD and BU Toastmasters International Officers Heath D. 2010. Made to Stick: Presentations that Stick. Fast Company. April 7. Bring a draft of your AFA presentation to share in small groups.

      Watch this video prior to the session on ” life after death by powerpoint”
      Toastmasters International workshop
      • Learn techniques for effective public speaking and presentations
      May 5, 2014 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 19, 2014 Project presentations and graduation All faculty, mentors, and mentees.

        Provost Antman addresses group at 4:30 p.m.
        Prepare presentation (see May 5th assignment) Provide feedback to presenters
        • Participants share their experiences in the program
        • Celebrate milestones.
        All sessions take place from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Wilkins Board Room