Junior Underrepresented Mentoring Pods (JUMP)

We are pleased to announce the call for applications from MENTEES in a new mentoring program for under-represented faculty at UI Health. With support from the Health Equity Pilot Project (HEPP), funded by Blue Cross/Blue Shield, we are initiating a pilot mentoring program called JUMP (Junior Underrepresented Mentoring Pods). The program comprises several mentoring pods, each led by one or two advanced faculty and each involving 6-8 more junior faculty. We are now seeking applications from junior-level faculty of color in the University of Illinois College of Medicine who desire to be mentored in the JUMP program. The ultimate goal of the program is to promote the advancement and wellbeing of underrepresented faculty in the College.

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 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 on the College’s DEI webpage, and can choose from existing or new mentors. We will aim to honor as many choices as possible.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Interested applicants can complete the on-line application here. The deadline is November 8, 2021. https://uic.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5BezR0xX7eyULem

WHO DO I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS?

Please feel free to contact Pauline M. Maki, PhD ([email protected]) and Steven Sims, MD ([email protected]) with any questions.