The Early Career 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. Applications are accepted in March and April, and the program runs from September through May annually. Participants meet on Mondays twice a month from 2:30 – 5:00pm.
Applications for the September 2017 – May 2018 Early Career Program will be accepted from February 1st – March 19th, 2017
The components of the Early Career program include:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Learning Community Resources
- 2016-2017 AFA Learning Communites
- 2016-2017 AFA Learning Community Roles
- Facilitator’s Guide
- SMART Goal Framework for LC Commitments