Mid-Career Faculty Leadership Program

The Mid-Career Faculty Leadership Program (MFL) is a year-long professional development program for late Assistants and all Associate Professors on the Boston University Medical Campus. Participants engage in self-reflection and evaluation, and the development of broad peer and senior mentoring networks, strategic leadership skills, and inter-disciplinary collaboration through experiential and project-based learning

Course directors: Ann Zumwalt, Ph.D., Christopher Conley, MD, Emelia Benjamin, MD, ScM, and Alyssa DiNicola, BA.

AY24 Applications are now closed.

Target Audience:
Late Assistant (7+ yrs.) & all Associate Professors (modified or unmodified title) and Early Professors with demonstrated commitment to BUMC & track record of accomplishment

Program Structure:

  • July – May; Meets off campus for six 2-day modules
  • 0.05 FTE clinical effort forgiveness provided for BUMG faculty
  • 2023-2024 MFL Session Dates in-person at BU Hillel (participants are required to attend ALL days):
    • July 13th & 14th 2023
    • September 21st & 22nd 2023
    • November 30th & December 1st 2023
    • January 25th & 26th 2024
    • March 21st & 22nd 2024
    • May 9th & 10th 2024
  • Competitive application process to select about 14 BUMG + 6 Chobanian & Avedisian SOM (non-clinical), BUSPH, and GSDM applicants
  • Individual and institutional commitment for mutual benefit
  • Experiential learning modules facilitated by BU faculty
  • Inter-disciplinary group projects aligned with institutional priorities, as identified by BUMC/BMC leadership
  • Multilevel mentoring networks of institutional leaders, senior faculty, and peer learning communities

Through experiential and project-based learning, program participants engage in:

  • Self-reflection and evaluation
  • Broad peer and senior mentoring networks
  • Development of strategic leadership skills
  • Inter-disciplinary collaboration through experiential and project-based learning
  • Enhancement of transformational education, clinical and research skills

Alumni Testimonials:

“MFL has been one of the most impactful and high-yield programs that I have participated in during my career. The course, due to the tremendously hard work on the parts of Emelia and Robina, provides important and relevant learning about leadership and management, offers time to reflect on one’s personal style and career trajectory, and creates a cohort of like-minded colleagues (with whom I am sure I will be in close touch with long after the course). This course is essential for anyone considering leadership, and the next steps, in his or her careers.” – Megan Bair-Merritt, Pediatrics
“This program helps to break down the barriers to collaboration between BU’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and between faculty members in different departments. For example, when I participated in the program, I found myself in a project group with faculty from SPH and from the departments of Family Medicine, Surgery, and Pathology. The work we accomplished during this program led to the establishment of a Hepatitis C Treatment Program in Primary Care at BMC. I highly recommend participation in this program.” – Karen Lasser, DOM/GIM
“MFL continues to be one of the most impactful experiences that I have had since joining the faculty at BMC/BUSM. The skills that I learned, the mentoring relationships that I developed, the doors that were opened, and the friendships that I gained have had an incredibly powerful influence on the trajectory of my career. On many occasions since MFL, I have found myself sharing insight that I gained and lessons that I learned with members of my team, residents, and junior faculty. I cannot recommend this program enough.” – Jeff Schneider, Emergency

To learn more about the program, please contact us at bumcfdd@bu.edu