Minority Faculty Leadership & Career Development Program

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 BU Schools of Medicine and Public Health. 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 at BUSM and BUSPH who have been on faculty for at least one year

Time Commitment: Sessions take place from October 2015 to June 2016 about every three weeks and alternate between experiential seminars (1.5 hours) and informal learning community meetings (1 hour)

Program Components:

  • Experiential seminars. Senior faculty members and 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.
  • Conversation café. Opportunity to engage with inspirational leaders from BU/BMC and beyond in an informal setting
  • Leadership goal. Participants commit to making substantial progress on a personal leadership goal throughout the program.
  • Participant commitment. Participants commit to prepare and actively participate in at least 11 of the 15 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

  • Leading from where you stand: transactional and transformational leadership
  • Self-reflection, awareness and assessment: understanding one’s personality and leadership style
  • Peer Coaching
  • Building a mentoring and developmental network
  • Resiliency in academic medicine
  • Effective communication
  • Conflict management and negotiation
  • Creating and sustaining high performing teams

Applications accepted until August 3rd, 2015: 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.

For all updated information on the Minority Faculty Leadership and Career Development Program, please see the Faculty Practice Foundation website.

*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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