Welcome to JUMP (Junior Faculty Mentoring Program)


Mentorship in academic medicine influences productivity, personal development, and career satisfaction. Mentoring junior faculty is some of the most important work that can be done, and provides benefit to the faculty member, their department, and ultimately, the institution.

 Types of mentoring


The mission of the WFSM Junior Faculty Mentoring Program (JUMP) is to support our junior faculty in their pursuit of a fulfilling and successful career by providing mentoring for professional and personal growth in teaching, research, patient care and leadership.

Overarching Goal

The overarching goal of JUMP is to create a mentoring culture at WFSM that achieves the following objectives:

  • Facilitate and enhance faculty development by establishing, monitoring, and tracking mentoring partnerships between junior faculty and at least two mentors
  • Provide information and counsel regarding advancement and promotion
  • Identify/develop a training curriculum to support the career development of faculty in research, teaching, patient care, and leadership

Specific Goals

  • Provide a central structure, resources, and leadership for faculty mentoring
  • Construct a mentoring database of processes and outcomes to support and evaluate mentoring activities
  • Recognize and reward mentoring efforts

Ultimate Goals

  • Increase the career satisfaction and retention of our junior faculty
  • Support the advancement and promotion of our junior faculty
  • Support scholarly development of our junior faculty
  • Enhance the successful integration of new junior faculty within an academic health center culture


  • Research demonstrates that faculty benefit from mentoring in terms of productivity, career advancement, and professional satisfaction
  • Junior faculty need at least two types of mentoring: content-specific and general career and thus will have at least two faculty mentors to provide these different types of mentoring
  • Senior faculty are expected to serve as mentors; they also are expected to be recognized for mentoring as they would for other faculty responsibilities
  • WFSM departments and administration have the responsibility to facilitate mentoring of junior faculty
  • JUMP is a partnership between departments, existing WFSM mentoring programs, and the WFSM Office of Faculty Development (OFD)


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Steven M. Block, MBBCH
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Career Development



Rita Groce
Program Manager



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