The Faculty Liaison Program (FLP) has been developed to enhance junior faculty career development in the DOM. In this program, near peer mentoring is provided by faculty liaisons, mid-level faculty members in each division, chosen by their respective division chiefs. The program is organized through the Nielson Society and coordinated by Mark de Caestecker, Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Director of the Neilson Society, and Wonder Drake, Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and Associate Director of the Neilson Society.
Faculty liaisons are responsible for academic (not clinical) on-boarding all new faculty members in that division shortly after their appointment, and to provide a “buddy” system for new faculty for the first three years of their appointment to help answer those tricky questions and issues that all new faculty will encounter at some time in their early careers. The FLP has developed guidelines and ideas for discussion for academic on boarding. Clinical on boarding will be performed by the Schaffner Society representatives.
An important part of the on-boarding will be to advise the new faculty member about forming a mentoring committee which is expected to meet within 3 months of their first appointment. The FLP has developed guidelines for faculty mentoring committees in the DOM, including the use of reporting templates to be used both by the faculty member and the committee chair to report out from each meeting.
Depending on the size of the division, the band width of the FLP representative, and preferences of their division chiefs, this mentoring program maybe extended to a) all tenure track faculty members in the division who have not yet been promotes; b) instructors, post-doctoral fellows and research track assistant professors who are interested in changing to the tenure track pathway.
Current Faculty Liaisons in the Department of Medicine include the following faculty members: