Junior Faculty Mentoring

In the Department of Medicine, we measure our own success by that of our faculty. Our goal is ensure that our junior faculty are guided and given timely and pertinent advice about how to advance their careers. Mentors are assigned to every new junior faculty member and workshops are conducted to provide advice on everything from how to write a powerful CV to ways to collaborate across divisions and departments.

The transition from trainee to independent investigator is extremely challenging. After years of performing their research with total focus on the scientific process, junior faculty striving to become independent must suddenly start focusing on the business of running a successful and productive research program. Questions abound, and in the past most junior researchers were left to find their own way through this transition. The Department of Medicine has established a mentoring structure to provide guidance in setting up and managing a laboratory or research group, setting career goals, developing grant applications and providing other essential tools for junior faculty to gain independence. We have found that the mentoring program stimulates career advancement, and enhances productivity.

The mentors include Associate Professors and Professors in the Department of Medicine, as well as from other Departments or Institutes within the Icahn School of Medicine. Occasionally, selected members from other collaborating institutions may be able to participate as mentors. With these experienced mentors as guides, all eligible junior faculty assemble a mentoring committee consisting of two senior mentors within six months of appointment at Mount Sinai. Faculty is responsible for creating a development plan (with specific short- and long-term goals) with the assistance of committee members and to meet with them at least twice yearly. The committee will evaluate progress and report to the Department of Medicine Mentoring Committee and Vice Chair. Specific details are outlined below.

Mentoring Committee Members: Barbara Murphy, Scott Friedman, William Oh, and Juan Wisnivesky

All junior full-time faculty (Instructors and Assistant Professors-within 5 years of appointment) in the Department of Medicine participate in the mentoring program.) For faculty in the research track, the objective is to create a plan that ensure their success obtaining a career award (K-award or equivalent) and then accomplish the requirements (i.e., publications, presentations, etc.) to successfully transition into an independent investigator.

Below are the target faculty in the Junior Mentoring Program

Academic Track:

  • K-awardees (K01, J08, K23, etc.)
  • Junior faculty supported by foundation grants
  • KL-2 awardees.
  • Department of Medicine supported faculty.
  • Other junior faculty as determined by their division chief.

To report progress yearly in the form of a written document that will be uploaded to the Department of Medicine mentoring tracking website. The document should include (as appropriate): 1. Summary of manuscripts submitted and published; 2. Summary of applications submitted for extramural funding and outcomes, if available; 3. List of educational curriculum developed; 4. List of presentations in academic meetings; 5. Invited lectures; 6. List of laboratory and/or research team personnel; and 7. List of mentees.

  • To update CV yearly and upload to the mentoring tracking website.
  • To attend annual institutional faculty development day and quarterly junior faculty development meetings organized by the Department of Medicine.
  • To assemble a mentoring committee consistent of a primary scientific mentor and an advisor external to their division.
  • To fill out a career development plan and then upload it to the Mentoring website.

All junior faculty in the Department of Medicine have free unlimited access to biostatistical support to help them with study design, power calculations, data management, and data analysis. Please contact Emilia Bagiella at Emilia.bagiella@mountsinai.org.

Help with K-award submissions. A dedicated project manager will support K-award applications by obtaining letters of support, drafting budgets, and uploading documents, etc. Please contact Melissa Martynenko at Melissa.martynenko@mssm.edu.

Below are the expectations from our Senior Mentoring Faculty

  • Serve on one or more mentoring committees as required.
  • Attend mentoring committee meetings.
  • Assist in the development of the mentee’s personal development plan.
  • Provide feedback to mentees.
  • Write a yearly report of the progress of the mentee.
  • Communicate with the Vice Chairs/Mentoring Committee regarding the progress of their mentees.

Individual Development Plan