The Faculty Scholars Program: A Highly Individualized Minority Faculty Career Development Program

The CMCA works with several internal institutional partners, including the Diversity Leadership Council, Office of Women’s Careers, Office of Academic Development and Enrichment, Institute for Medical Education, the Diversity in Biomedical Research Council, and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion of the Mount Sinai Health System to expand and strengthen our current capacity to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups in medicine (URM) and increase their capability to develop themselves as successful faculty members in academic medicine at Icahn School of Medicine.

Retention of URM faculty is equally as important and, unfortunately, equally as challenging as recruitment. Several studies have demonstrated that URM faculty members less likely to be promoted and advance in academic medicine.

Launching a successful career in academic medicine can be challenging even without institutionally-sponsored professional development support such as mentoring and formal faculty development initiatives. Faculty in academic medicine, particularly at Icahn School of Medicine, are expected to be clinicians and treat patients as well as be physician scientists which includes teaching and conducting research activities. New faculty members, particularly URM faculty, are already overwhelmed by the pressures of their new clinical roles and responsibilities and may not have the appropriate mentorship and coaching needed to develop a career in academic medicine. In response to this reality, the CMCA established the Faculty Scholars Program.

Faculty Scholar Program

Since 2002, the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs has conducted The Faculty Scholars Program (FSP), a highly individualized career-mentoring program for minority junior basic science and clinical faculty at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The FSP aims to recruitment and retention minority junior faculty to develop, nurture, and monitor their success in the areas of research, teaching and education, service to the community, and clinical practice and professional leadership in academic medicine.

The FSP was developed for the exclusive purpose of addressing the challenges facing minority faculty with regard advancement and promotion and to level the playing field by equipping them with the tools, information, and resources for success in academic medicine. A critical factor of success thus far has been our ability to remain highly individualized in our career mentoring, coaching, and development within all areas of responsibility of our faculty.

We coach junior faculty in positioning themselves for protected time within their respective departments to allow for focused attention and investment in their career development. The individualized check-in meeting takes place with the junior faculty member and two seasoned career-development experts in academic medicine. Progress, roadblocks, challenges, and accomplishments are discussed and monitored in all areas of responsibility including clinical, research, administrative, teaching, and service in the individualized check-in meeting.

Some specific outcomes include advancement in rank, successful submission of research career development awards, scholarship products, and retention on faculty and in academic medicine.

For additional information about the Faculty Scholars Program, please contact Dr. Ann-Gel Palermo at

Contact Us

Gary Butts, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy, and Community Affairs
Director, Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs
Tel: 212-241-8276
Fax: 212-241-3594
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Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1035
New York, NY 10029

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