Your Talent. Our Support.

At the University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine, we believe that individualized mentoring benefits all faculty, regardless of academic track, professional interests or personal background.

Our robust faculty development program brings together dedicated leadership, evidence-based mentorship training and and professional development programs to enhance faculty success, promotion, well-being and retention. 

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Creating a Culture of Mentorship

Our faculty development program promotes equity, inclusion, faculty success and engagement. Find out more below.

Our Vision

The University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine faculty development program leverages the science of effective mentoring to develop talent in our department. We strive to create an inclusive work environment with equitable access to professional development. 

To promote faculty success and well-being, we will:

  • Create a culture that prioritizes, values, and rewards mentoring excellence
  • Empower all faculty with an individual development plan, culturally aware mentoring resources, and formal mentor and mentee training experiences
  • Ensure effective promotion oversight committees and productive mentoring relationships
  • Cultivate professional opportunities that enhance personal and professional satisfaction throughout their career

We demonstrate success by recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty from diverse backgrounds who reflect the identities of the patients for whom we deliver care, and whose professional activities promote the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s missions of excellence in clinical and public health, research, education, and leadership.

We will achieve national recognition of our mentorship culture, which will further improve faculty well-being and engagement.


The Science of Effective Mentoring

We know that effective mentoring—while critical for career development—doesn't always happen organically. 

That's why we created mentoring programs based on nationally recognized research on the science of effective mentorship. 

Our programs have proven effectiveness based on implementation research conducted here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Clinical Faculty Development Series

This series is open to clinical faculty in any clinical department in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Topics include promotion, teaching, professional and leadership skills, work-life balance, and more!

When: Thursdays from 12:15-1:00 pm
Where: Zoom
Details: Visit the Department of Medicine calendar for each week's topics, speakers and Zoom links

Watch some of the top sessions from the program's first year

Three Mentor Training Programs

These mentoring programs are designed for Department of Medicine faculty on varying tracks and ranks. 

Leadership Evolved: A Coach Approach to Mentoring in Medicine (for clinical-track faculty)

Mentoring Up: How to Make Effective Use of Your Mentors (for CHS or tenure-track junior faculty)

Entering Mentoring: How to be an Effective Mentor (for CHS or tenure-track promoted faculty)

Brown Bag Lunches

These presentations and open Q&A sessions help Department of Medicine faculty at all levels master promotion guidelines and review processes. 

Individual Offerings

Individualized mentorship geared toward each faculty members' professional interests

Individualized development plans (IDPs) for all faculty 

Mentor matching for clinical faculty; promotion oversight committees and academic mentors for clinical health sciences and tenure track faculty


Vice Chair for Faculty Development

Associate Department Administrator for Faculty Affairs

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Internal Information

Current faculty: Learn about faculty development events, promotion guidelines and more on the Department of Medicine intranet.