Minority Faculty Leadership & Career Development Program

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Overview: The Minority Faculty Leadership and Career Development Program (MFLCDP) is a longitudinal leadership and career development program for under-represented minority* (URM) faculty members in the Department of Medicine at the BU School of Medicine. The program uses self-reflection and assessment, experiential learning, and peer and senior mentorship to provide faculty with the tools necessary to navigate a successful career in academic medicine, and to foster leadership skills that enable participants to positively affect change from where they stand.

Target Participants: URM* faculty members in the Department of Medicine, BUSM who have been on faculty for at least one year

Time Commitment: Sessions take place from October 2014 to June 2015 about every three weeks and alternate between experiential seminars (1.5 hours) and informal learning community meetings (1 hour)

Program Components:

  • Experiential seminars. Dr. David Coleman, Dr. Emelia Benjamin and other leaders from BUMC and beyond will engage with participants around key determinants for effective leadership and fostering change from one’s current role through in-person, experiential sessions once every six weeks.
  • Learning community. Peer mentors in learning communities will meet for one hour every six weeks, between didactic sessions, to discuss tangible strategies to apply the program content in their lives. Member will provide support and accountability to one another to successfully negotiate challenges, foster resiliency, and achieve personal goals.
  • Personal goal. Participants commit to making substantial progress on a personal goal throughout the program. Examples include:
    • Improve public speaking skills
    • Submit a grant or manuscript
    • Enhance team collaboration skills
  • Participant commitment. Participants commit to prepare and actively participate in at least 11 of the 14 sessions that take place from October to June, to make progress on their projects, and engage in self-reflection and honest conversation with peer and senior mentors.

Curriculum Topics

  • Self-reflection, awareness and assessment
  • Understanding one’s personality and leadership style
  • Navigating one’s career development and advancement
  • Creating and sustaining high performing teams
  • Effective communication
  • Work/life integration
  • Transformational and transactional leadership
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Conflict management and negotiation
  • Building a mentoring and developmental network
  • Project management
  • Resiliency in academic medicine

Applications accepted until September 12th, 2014: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/facdev-medicine/facdevprograms/minority-faculty-leadership-career-development-program-application/

For more information about the MFLCDP, please contact Robina M. Bhasin, EdM, Director of Faculty Development and Diversity in the Department of Medicine, at rbhasin@bu.edu or at 617-638-8099.

*The NIH defines under-represented minorities 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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