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Faculty Development Opportunities

Baystate is committed to investing in the professional development of our medical faculty.

Summary of Professional Development Resources

Local, regional and national faculty development programs for early, mid and senior careers are listed, along with a brief description and contact information.

Research Faculty Development

Research Faculty Development Program

The RFDP is a collaborative initiative of UMMS-Baystate’s Office of Faculty Affairs and Office of Research to train faculty in effective research design and grant-writing to broaden Baystate’s investigative and external funding capabilities.

The RFDP curriculum combines didactic lectures, workshops, small group discussions, and a mentored pilot grant proposal.

RFDP Scholars

Supporting Scholarship Among Junior Faculty

The SSJF is a funding initiative to encourage national and regional scholarly activities of junior faculty and promote academic career development. Awards cover costs related to travel, registration, and/or clinical time relief.

For additional information, please call the Office of Faculty Affairs at 413.734.9551 or email Dr. Tara Catanzano, Associate Director for Academic Career Development.

SSJF Awardees

Leadership Development

Mentors Matter

Mentors Matter is a peer-mentoring program for mid-career physicians and advanced practitioners to improve mentorship skills.  Nomination by Department Chair is required. (A call for nominations will go out in Spring 2018)

The program is comprised of 10 monthly 4-hour workshops, September 2018 - June 2019 on Fridays 8:00 am - noon.

Session topics include:

  • What makes a good mentor?  Mentoring, Coaching, and Sponsorship
  • Career Development: What are your values? What is your 5 year plan?
  • Academic promotion: Where do we stand, how can we help each other succeed?
  • Communication and Feedback
  • Kotter’s Principles of Change
  • Negotiation and Conflict Management
  • Professional Vitality: Do you have it in your career?
  • Developing Sponsorship skills for colleagues and yourself
  • Work life balance: Can you have it all?
  • Networking with institutional leaders

For questions, please email Dr. Raquel Belforti.

Physician Leadership Academy

The Office of Faculty Affairs offers a biannual Physician Leadership Academy to cultivate emerging physician leaders. The curriculum includes didactic lectures, workshops, small group discussions, and a mentored project. The program consists of one full-day session every two weeks over the course of five months. Session topics include:

  • Challenging Conversations
  • Process Improvement & Change Management
  • Healthcare Finance
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Culture of Safety
  • Academic Strategic Career Planning

For more information, please email Frank Lovelock, Senior Consultant for Physician Leadership Development and Engagement, or phone him at 413-794-9551.

Women Advancing & Achieving in Medicine

Women Advancing & Achieving in Medicine (WAAM) is comprised of Baystate women physicians and mid-level providers.

WAAM's network serves as a resource to:

  • Promote the academic and leadership advancement of women providers
  • Optimize the recruitment and retention of diverse talent
  • Ensure that female providers have access to effective mentors and opportunities for skill development

For more information, email WAAM.

Medical Education Faculty Development

BERST Academy

Baystate Education Research and Scholarship of Teaching (BERST) Academy is the interprofessional community of educators at Baystate Health. The mission of BERST Academy is to teach the teachers and celebrate the power of education.

Any Baystate employee who teaches residents, students, or colleagues, and who seeks to improve their teaching skills can apply for membership in one of the following roles:

  • Teacher: Member of Baystate community who teaches—formally or informally, regularly or sporadically
  • Leader: Member of Baystate community who has a demonstrated interest in, or holds a leadership position in, education

BERST Academy offers:

  • Access to a community of like-minded educators and leaders in health professions education
  • Invitation to professional development activities such as the Winter and Summer Sessions, Education Day, and the Peer Observation of Teaching Program (POP)
  • Mentorship and guidance around educational research and innovations

Other Resources

Professional Society Annual Meeting Dates

Annual Meetings of medical professional societies, (e.g., the Society of General Internal Medicine, American College of Surgeons) provide excellent venues to showcase faculty scholarship through oral presentations, workshops, and posters.

We have compiled a list of specialty-specific annual meetings with time frames and submission deadlines.