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