GIM Faculty Development Program


Provide opportunities for longitudinal career mentorship imbedded in scholarly work.

Junior faculty in our division desire mentorship, but often struggle with finding mentors. To help junior faculty initiate an effective mentorship relationship, we are launching a project-based mentorship program. The premise of this initiative is that having a shared project fosters many of the characteristics of successful mentorship, as based on Strauss et al. Acad Med. 2013 Jan; 88(1): 82–89.

  1. Reciprocity
  2. Mutual respect
  3. Clear expectations/explanations
  4. Personal connection
  5. Shared values

GIM faculty will be invited to write chapters in a handbook of "teaching scripts in internal medicine" in collaboration with a senior mentor. Handbook editors (Somnath Mookherjee, Lauren Beste, Jared Klein, and Jennifer Wright) will help make connections and encourage a mentoring relationship. We envision a simple model—a mentor supports the junior faculty in writing a chapter and agrees to the following requirements, as defined by the UCSF Mentoring Toolkit:

  • Meet 2–3 times a year
  • Keep conversations confidential
  • Understand mentee values and goals
  • Appraise mentee strategies
  • Advise, suggest, or listen as needed