Dear RBHS Faculty Members:
To develop and sustain a successful career as faculty members in academic health and the biomedical sciences requires an enormous expenditure of individual time, talent, and effort. As we progress in our skills as researchers, educators, and clinicians we rely on our teachers and mentors to provide guidance, career advice, wisdom, and serve as role models. A positive relationship between a mentor and mentee is one of the most important in academia and is a key predictor for career satisfaction, engagement, and success for junior faculty. My own academic career and research was greatly influenced and enhanced by my relationship with my mentors at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Pennsylvania. Building a culture of mentorship and fostering these relationships for all of our faculty members is a core component of our strategic plan for faculty development at RBHS.
Recently, the RBHS Faculty Mentoring Committee issued a formal report on Best Practices for Faculty Development through Formal Mentoring. The Committee was co-chaired by Drs. Kitaw Demissie and Anne Mosenthal of the School of Public Health and New Jersey Medical School respectively. This 14-member committee, with broad representation from across RBHS, was convened in 2015 by Provosts Jeff Carson and Robert Wieder to conduct a needs assessment, identify gaps and opportunities, and recommend best practices for us to adopt. I would like to thank the committee members and commend them for composing an excellent document reflective of the time commitment and extensive work they have done on this subject. I encourage you all to read the full committee report which is available on the RBHS Provosts website.
Our mutual goal is to foster and develop the faculty at RBHS to reach their fullest potentials as scholars, researchers, educators, and clinicians. I am pleased to endorse the committee’s recommendations in full, to fulfill our commitment to providing the exceptional mentoring and development programs. Therefore as suggested I will support the creation of a Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development position for RBHS. A senior academic administrator to create and oversee programs in mentoring, faculty advisement, and professionalism at RBHS and its constituent schools will be critical to a successful implementation of this program. In addition, I also strongly support establishing program evaluation procedures for process and outcomes. Given the novelty of this approach, I believe RBHS can become a leader among academic health centers in developing this field of scholarship.
The members of the Faculty Mentoring Committee are listed below, please join me in recognizing and applauding their efforts and commitment to their colleagues’ success and achievement as members of the RBHS faculty. Together we are making positive changes to enhance the environment for learning, teaching, and scholarly pursuits for our faculty; I thank you all for your contributions to our academic health community.
Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
RBHS Faculty Mentoring Committee
Co-Chairs: Kitaw Demissie, MD, PhD; Anne Mosenthal, MD
Rafael Benoliel, BDS
Walter Duran, PhD
Lisa Dever, MD
Sangeeta Lamba, MD, MBBS
Edmund C. Lattime, PhD
Michael Lewis, PhD
M. Maral Mouradian, MD
Kathleen J. Pottick, PhD, MSW
Kenneth R. Reuhl, PhD
Anita Siu, PharmD, BCPPS
Charlotte Thomas-Hawkins, PhD, RN
Riva E. Touger-Decker, RD, PhD