Research faculty development: an historical perspective and ideas for a successful future
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What does it take to be successful as a tenure-track research faculty member in a School of Medicine? What are the elements necessary to run a successful laboratory? How does one find the resources and help to know what is important for promotion and tenure? Most training in graduate school or in clinical fellowships does not answer these questions. Too often, new junior tenure-track research faculty members are left to learn from the “school of hard knocks” and essentially are reinventing the wheel, which is a huge waste of time. This article describes the history of research faculty, what makes them successful, and offers suggestions on how we can help them reach their greatest potential.
KeywordsFaculty development Medical school faculty New office development Research faculty
I have been extremely privileged to work with outstanding professionals in the OFAPD: Drs. Steve Bogdewic, Mary Dankoski, Lia Logio, Megan Palmer and Emily Walvoord, as well as Ms. Krista Hoffman-Longtin, Mr. Jon Eynon and Ms. Marsha Quarles. I am also grateful to Dr. Bogdewic for giving me the opportunity to begin and develop this office, and for his continued support. His leadership and mentorship have been very much appreciated. Drs. Bogdewic and Dankoski also offered great suggestions on improving the manuscript. Drs. Hal Broxmeyer, Ora Pescovitz and Dean Craig Brater opened doors leading to the opportunity for me to be a member of Dr. Bogdewic’s team.
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