Faculty Development

faculty development

Mentoring Program

Due to the importance of providing appropriate mentoring and guidance to junior faculty members, the department has developed and implemented a mentorship plan for all faculty members. As part of this plan, each faculty member is given a mentor as they identify and work towards their professional goals. In most cases, the division chief serves as the faculty advisor and mentor; however, in specific cases an individual whose expertise/research focus is more aligned with the faculty members’ interest may be appointed as the mentor for that faculty member.

Upon recruitment to the department, each faculty member will meet with The Appointment and Promotions Committee in the Department of Surgery and/or the Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs at the Keck School of Medicine to review the different career tracks at the school, discuss promotion requirements, and review dossier preparation and timeframes. In addition, each division chief is required to meet at least annually with faculty to discuss his or her academic progress and complete a Merit Review. Please see the attached Mentorship Plan for specific details regarding the mentoring program in the Department.


Faculty Development Series

The Faculty Development Educational Program has the goal of educating faculty members to the options and resources available within the department and at the Keck School of Medicine to help them reach their full potential. The goal of this program is to provide a framework for optimizing faculty advancement, educate faculty members regarding best teaching practices and motivate faculty members to excel in their respective divisions. In order to accomplish this, we have dedicated several Grand Rounds each year to faculty development and have developed a series of faculty development sessions that are held every other month. Specific topics are listed below:

  • Academic Medicine 101: Strategies for Success in Academia
  • Surgical Leadership
  • Faculty-As-Teachers: Microskills of Clinical Teaching and Constructive Feedback
  • Surgical Skills Assessment 101: What are we Really Measuring?
  • Communication and Clinical Practice: How to Avoid a Lawsuit
  • Dealing with the Difficult Learner
  • Career Advancement: Understanding your Role and Setting your Goals
  • Academic Medicine 101: Strategies for Success in Academia
  • Team Development and Conflict Resolution
  • Research Funding: Understanding the Granting Process
  • The Balance Between Research and Clinical Practice
  • Teaching Psychomotor Skills