Professional Development Certificate

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The DGIM Professional Development Certificate Program aims to help junior faculty develop authentic and impactful careers in GIM. Specifically, we reinforce faculty skills in their areas of strength and interest, support progress in areas of growth, and proactively support promotion with an eye toward the new area of “additional contributions” in the FTCF promotion criteria.

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Please contact Somnath Mookherjee with any questions.

Registration for the 20232024 Professional Development Certificate is now closed.

Recordings of the certificate sessions and other FDP seminars are available on YouTube.

Program overview

  • Find the “missing piece” for an authentic and impactful career!
  • Develop areas of strength and interest
  • Progress in areas of growth and work toward promotion

For many junior faculty, particularly full-time clinical faculty (FTCF), it can be challenging to develop an academic career. The UW Medicine FTCF promotion criteria add an additional layer of complexity by requiring at least some participation in an “additional contribution” alongside clinical care, professionalism, and teaching.

This professional development series (10 Fridays, 12PM, on Zoom) is structured as a Certificate in order to integrate mentorship, encourage discussion and community among the certificate cohort, include completion of a career enhancement project, encourage regular attendance of sessions, and recognize participation in professional development by awarding a Certificate that can be noted in the participant’s CV. Content areas are organized around teaching, scholarship, leadership, and growth—topics covered in 20232024 will include mentorship, menteeship, running a meeting, writing an abstract, leading a team, optimizing teaching, and more.


  • Participants must attend a minimum of 5 live sessions and view any missed sessions online.
  • Participants will complete a mentored career enhancement project. (Examples: teaching portfolio, abstract submission, workshop proposal, quality improvement proposal, manuscript submission)
  • Registration is required. 

certificate sessions

Zoom links to sessions are provided after registration is complete. All sessions are at noon Pacific Time.

Date Title Speaker Theme
10/06/23 How to write an abstract Helene Starks, PhD, MPH Scholarship
11/03/23 How to write a letter of recommendation Susan Merel, MD, FACP Core Competencies
12/01/23 How to create a project protocol Helene Starks, PhD, MPH Scholarship
01/05/24 How to create teaching portfolio Somnath Mookherjee, MD Core Competencies
02/02/24 How to lead a team Lauge Sokol-Hessner, MD Leadership
03/01/24 How to optimize menteeship Neha Deshpande, MD Growth
04/05/24 How to design a workshop Somnath Mookherjee, MD Teaching
05/03/24 How to run a meeting Moe Hagman, MD, FACP Leadership
06/07/24 How to use a checklist to maximize learning Somnath Mookherjee, MD Teaching
07/12/24 How to optimize mentorship Neha Deshpande, MD Growth

Program leadership

Somnath Mookherjee

Somnath Mookherjee, MD

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Paul Cornia

Paul Cornia, MD

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Neha Deshpande

Neha Deshpande, MD

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Lauge Sokol-Hessner

Lauge Sokol-Hessner, MD

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Helene Starks

Helene Starks, PhD, MPH

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