Faculty and Staff Development
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There is a national shortage of under-represented in medicine (URiM) physicians and medical school faculty. UIC aims to diversify its physician workforce. To meet that goal, efforts are needed to attract and retain URiM faculty. This goal can be accomplished through increased visibility and support, opportunities for growth and promotion, and programs to enhance faculty wellness.
- Increased retention and satisfaction among current URiM faculty.
- Increased visibility and support for URiM faculty with potential for recruiting trainees and additional faculty
- Increased opportunity for growth and promotion within the COM for URiM faculty
- Increased faculty support, wellness and satisfaction.
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H. Steven Sims, MD
Francis L. Lederer Professor
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Bhrandon Harris, MD
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Claudia Lora, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Pauline Maki, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology &OB/GYN
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
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Junior Underrepresented Mentoring Program (JUMP)
- Senior faculty mentors and URiM junior and mid-level faculty mentees participate in mentoring pods
- Uses group sessions and individual mentoring to support acclimation to UIC, career development, and the promotion and tenure process.
- To date we have successfully recruited and engaged three mentoring pods involving 6 mentors and 12 mentees, in addition to other faculty who serve the program as adjunct mentors and advisors.
What is being asked of Mentees, and what support is given?
We anticipate the total effort for each mentee to be approximately 4 hours/month. Mentees in the program are expected to:
- Participate in the program for 1 year, with possibility of a 1-year extension
- Participate with 5-7 other junior faculty in a mentoring pod
- Complete training in best practices in being a mentee.
- Develop and implement a career development plan
- Participate in a minimum of twice-yearly individual meetings with mentors
- Participate in quarterly multi-pod mentoring sessions led by experts in faculty development
- Attend 2-3 annual multi-pod social events to encourage networking and community-building
- Provide guidance to program leadership in optimizing the program
Who should Apply?
We encourage applications from full-time (>51%) junior faculty of color who seek mentoring in clinical, education and/or research domains.
How will Mentees be selected?
We aim to promote existing and new mentorship relationships. Consideration will be given to existing mentor-mentee relationships so that pods are formed to both sustain existing mentoring relationships and allow for the expansion to other faculty in need of mentoring. Mentees will be asked to select a mentor from the list of JUMP mentors found below, and can choose from existing or new mentors. We will aim to honor as many choices as possible.
Pedro de Alarcon, MD
Professor Emeritus, Peoria, Pediatrics
Kejia Cai, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chicago, Radiology & Bioengineering
Jiwang Chen, PhD
Director, Cardiovascular Research Core, Chicago, Research Resources Center
Lourdes J. Delgado-Serrano, MD, MBA
Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Peoria, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ciro Estebanez, MD, PhD, MBA
Associate Professor, Neurocritical Care Division Chief, Chicago, Neurology and Rehabilitation
Laura Hirshfield, PhD
Associate Professor, Co-director of the PhD program in Curriculum Studies/HPE ; Associate Director of Graduate Studies for DME, Chicago, Medical Education
Masahito Jimbo, MD, PhD, MPH
Department Head, Chicago, Family and Community Medicine
Robert Marvin, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & Director of Residency Training and Education Program, Chicago, Psychiatry
De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD
Professor, Section Head, Chicago, Pediatrics, Neonatalogy
Mary Lou Schmidt, MD
Professor, Chicago, Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology
Adhir Shroff, MD, MPH
Professor & Program Director Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, Chicago, Medicine, Cardiology
H. Steven Sims, MD
Associate Professor & Director Chicago Institute for Voice Care, Chicago, Otolaryngology
Lauren Smith, MD, MBA
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Patient Logistics; Director of Emergency Medicine Operations; Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Chicago, Emergency Medicine
Jun Sun, PhD
Professor, Chicago, Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Sally Weinstein, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Chicago, Psychiatry
Kelvin Wynn, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, Peoria, Family and Community Medicine
Call for Proposals
The Faculty & Staff Development Committee of the Health Equity Pilot Program (HEPP) seeks proposals from Black, Hispanic, or Native American/Pacific Islander University of Illinois College of Medicine Assistant or Associate Professors interested in applying for funding to support a project/initiative to positively impact their career advancement, including promotion with or without tenure. For the Round 2 funding, up to $20K will be awarded to each selected recipient to advance their career in the area of research, clinical practice, education, or service. Projects should be completed within 12 months of funding or IRB approval (for research proposals), whichever is later. Below, the criteria and instructions for application are detailed.
The application packet deadline is due by FRIDAY, September 1, 2023 at 5:00 pm.
Competitive program where URiM faculty apply to receive funds to support development of novel educational, research or clinical (i.e., continuous quality improvement programs); priority given to projects that directly or indirectly serve the needs of URiM faculty, students, and patients
To date we have developed, implemented and awarded 9 such awards to faculty in 2022.
- Applicant is a UI COM Assistant or Associate Faculty Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) by HEPP definitions, specifically Black, Hispanic, or Native American/Pacific Islander.
- A fully-completed application packet.
- Application must focus on the following project/initiative areas: scholarly activities (e.g., research); quality improvement projects; educational initiatives; clinical initiatives; service activities (related to UI COM mission); and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts.
- Priority given to projects/initiatives to address health disparities and/or to increase workforce diversity
DEADLINE: FRIDAY, September 1, 2023 at 5:00 pm.
- Complete application packet which must include confirmation that the applicant meets the selection criteria; the anticipated benefit of this award on career development; detailed description of the project/initiative, along with project progress and evaluation tools, and expected outcomes. A Curriculum Vitae, statement from Department Head, mentor letter of support and a combined document PDF complete the packet.
- Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae.
- Brief Statement of Support from Department Chair (1-2 paragraphs) stating departmental support, applicant’s accomplishments in the area focused in the application (i.e., clinical, education, research, service, DEI), and applicant’s future potential success.
- Letter of Support from a Mentor (maximum 1 page) describing applicant’s track record, as well as feasibility of project/initiative and agreement to support faculty member.
- Combine all application components into one PDF.
Funding to Enhance Recruitment of URiM Faculty
Start-up funds in the amount of $20,000 to support the recruitment of Under-represented Minority Faculty in CT, RT, Clinical Discipline, Research, or Teaching Track (>50% effort)
- funds are used at the discretion of the faculty member for career advancement activities (e.g., research, conferences, training)
- funds are intended to supplement the startup package, cannot be used for salary
- faculty member identifies a mentor
- faculty are encouraged to join one of the HEPP mentoring pods
- Department Heads and Business managers can mail Pauline Maki email@example.com or Gillian Coombs firstname.lastname@example.org
Compassionate Alliances for Resilience & Empowerment Peer Support Program for UICOM Faculty (We-CARE)
Acknowledgement: The CARE Program has been developed with generous advice by Dr. Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS; and funding support from the HEPP Program and Dean’s Office
The We-CARE Program utilizes trained faculty volunteers (We-CARE Helpers) to support peer faculty members in need of collegial support by providing empathic listening in a supportive environment. Faculty members will be able to confidentially share their concerns and dilemmas in a safe space with emotional support and validation without judgement or fear of retaliation. We-CARE Helpers represent the diversity of our College with respect to clinical/nonclinical appointments, rank, gender, and race/ethnicity. These are colleagues that faculty can turn to when they need someone to talk about issues such as burnout, workplace conflicts, obstacles in career advancement, and challenges to maintaining work-life balance.
Stephanie Joe, MD, FACS
Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD
Dr. Gloria Elam, Associate Dean, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) has created an opportunity for Black/African American, Hispanic/LatinX, or Native American/Pacific Islander UI COM staff employees to apply for the professional development award. Funding for this award is sponsored by the Health Equity Pilot Program (HEPP). The purpose of the award is to help support underrepresented minority staff members seeking to participate in activities that enhance their knowledge and skills related to their current roles or explore opportunities that will promote career advancement. UI COM staff may be eligible to apply for funding support to help defray the cost of activities including approved conferences/meetings registration, enrollment in classes/courses through UIC Extension Learning, and cost of training workshops. This award does not support coverage for per diem, ground transportation, hotel, and/or conference supplies. Awardees will not be reimbursed for any expenses. Awardees’ department business managers will work with UI COM administrators to process payment for approved activities.
How do I apply?
The Application is Due Friday, October 13, 2023, by 5 PM
- Applicant must be UI COM Black/African American, Hispanic/LatinX, or Native American/Pacific Islander UI COM staff employees (Academic Professional and Civil Service) who hold an appointment of 50% or more
- Applicant must fully complete the application
- Provide an explanation of how the requested activity will enhance your knowledge or skills for your current responsibilities or career advancement
- Justification for the requested expense (include printed conference, class/course, workshop, or other (i.e. Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education Programs Certification (TAGME), American Public Health Association annual membership, Cisco Entry and Associate Certifications)
- If requesting funding for conference or workshop registration, or class/course expenses, the activity date must be at least 45 days from the application deadline
- Must agree that in acceptance of the award, willingness to participate in future UI COM Diversity office events that may include sharing your experience.
HEPP 2023-2024 Faculty Career Development Award Recipients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Take Your Health Back: Incorporating Lifestyle Medicine Group Education into Community Health Centers to Improve Chronic Disease in Communities of Color.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
An observational study examining the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer screening and follow-up after abnormal screening tests among Chicago Community Health Center patients
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Dropping the Mic
Investigating the community college to medical school pathway
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Illinois Ophthalmology Pipeline (IOP): Longitudinal Mentorship Program to Increase Racial & Ethnic Diversity in Ophthalmology
J. Konadu Fokuo
Visiting Assistant Professor
Assessing relational factors in patient-provider interactions among high proficiency medication of opioid disorder (MOUD) providers
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Empowering Health: Building a Sustainable Lifestyle Medicine Practice for UI Health Patients
Franklin U. Njoku
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Liver Disease in Sickle Cell Disease
Lauren M. Smith
Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Holistic multi-faceted career development as a clinician, healthcare leader and life-long learner