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2012 Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar

September 7 - 10, 2012
W Chicago City Center

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The Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar has now reached capacity, and registration is closed.  Onsite registrations will not be accepted.  If you were unable to attend the 2012 meeting, please consider the 2013 Seminar, which will be held September 20-23 in New Orleans, LA.
The Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar is a three-day professional development seminar designed for junior faculty (senior clinical and research fellows, postdocs, instructors, and assistant professors) who are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups and who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine.
The major objectives of this annual seminar include:
  • Assisting participants in identifying their professional development goals and designing a career path and the tools on how to get there;
  • Providing attendees with an understanding of the realities of advancement in academic medicine through the exploration of the requirements for appointment, promotion, and tenure, as well as to assist attendees in planning their own progress through the system;
  • Developing key professional competencies in academic and organizational leadership
  • Building skills in grant writing and communications
  • Helping participants expand their network of colleagues and role models
New Program Features:
  • Enhanced registration process that includes a letter of support from the attendees’ department Chair, Division Chief or Dean, a pre-seminar survey, and selection of breakout sessions;
  • Sign up for small group career consultation sessions that include career related questions, review of attendees’ CVs, career plans, and draft grant applications.
  • Opportunity to apply for a K-Writers Coaching Group, to include a pre-Seminar workshop, and virtual group sessions as needed for 2 -3 months. Applications for the K-Writers Coaching Group are now closed, accepted participants can find the program description here. 
Registering for the meeting:

Registration will require two steps:
  1. Complete the online registration.,
  2. Be prepared to upload a letter of support.
    • A letter of support from your home institution prepared by your Chair, Division Chief, or Dean is required to complete your registration. The letter should include the following elements: how your attendance will benefit your career development and the institution; an agreement to provide financial support (e.g. registration fee, travel and accommodations) and protected time for attendance; and the institutional leaders’ commitment to meet with the attendee three months after the Seminar to ensure his/her continued support of career development goals and preparedness for promotion and tenure The letter should be a maximum of two pages in length. You will be required to upload a letter of support in order to complete your online registration.


Continuing Medical Education Credit
CME This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Association of American Medical Colleges. The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Jointly sponsored by the AAMC and the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine

Course Description:

The seminar is designed for minority faculty who wish to pursue positions of leadership in academic medicine. To assist in accomplishing this, the seminar covers everything from setting goals, to networking, to how to write successful grant proposals. It provides not only an opportunity for personal and professional development for participants but also a sense of camaraderie. There is also a need to increase diversity in medical school faculty. To this end, the AAMC has sponsored this seminar for over 18 years.

Target CME Audience:
MD/DOs, Scientists/Researchers, All Specialties

Educational Objectives:
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
-Acquire workable and practical techniques for achieving appointment , promotion, and tenure in academic medicine.
-Expand networking skills for the purpose of personal and professional development in academic medicine.
-Acquire a set of practical techniques for writing and submitting grants.
-Acquire strategies for planning and executing research projects.
-Acquire basic strategies to make important links in academic research and policy to enhance the field and benefactors of academic medicine.
-Develop efficacy in key professional competencies in academic and organizational leadership.
-Identify special challenges facing underrepresented racial and ethnic minority faculty.
-Identify their professional development goals in order to designi a career path.
-Identify personal and professional skills that are vital to academic advancement and provide opportunities for their development.
-Expand network of colleagues and role models

Needs Assessment/Practice Gaps:
The rationale for the AAMC Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar is to address two broad areas of practice gaps: contributing to the reduction of the dearth of minority physicians and help ensure that a greater number of diverse faculty achieve promotion, tenure, and increase their retention and success rates. The seminar focuses on these areas because empirical evidence shows that underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities in medicine are more likely to treat racial and ethnic minority patients, and are more likely to set up practice in typically underserved communities (Cantor et al, 1996; Moy et al, 1995; Komaromy et al, 1996; and Health Resources and Services Administration, 2006). LGBTI populations are underrepresented in medical research (Boehmer 2002) and more efforts are needed to address LGBTI faculty concerns (Sanchez et al, 2011).

Increasing diversity in the health professions workforce has been deemed an approach key to eliminating health care disparities by various nationally recognized professional organizations and scholars (Sullivan Commission, 2004; Institute of Medicine, 2004; and Smedley et al, 2001).

The AAMC Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar is part of a larger effort to address these workforce challenges and because there is a dearth of racial and ethnic