Early Career Development Program for Women

ECDPW 2015 Group Photo

The Office of Women in Medicine and Science (OWIMS) is pleased to announce a new professional development fellowship, the Early Career Development Program for Women (ECDPW). Targeted towards early-career women faculty (Instructors and Assistant Professors) in the first 5-years of their careers, the ECDPW is modeled after the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Early Career Professional Development Seminar. 

National Seminars are increasingly competitive and expensive. ECPDW has four benefits:

  1. the faculty member will not have to travel out of town;
  2. the program is spread out over 6 months, causing less interruption in research, education and clinical responsibilities;
  3. more women will be able to participate; 
  4. the program will provide an opportunity for women to come together from diverse professional backgrounds to exchange ideas and develop a network.

    Call for Applications

    The Call for applications for the 2016 Program runs from August 31st through September 30th, 2015 - Extended to October 9th for Wake Forest University Faculty applicants.  For more information review the flier and the 2016 schedule.  

      Total program costs are $1800 to be covered by the candidate's department. To apply, the candidate must submit:

      1. CV
      2. Application form: For Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Applicants; for all other Wake Forest University Applicants  
      3. A letter of support from the candidate’s department chair, which must include a statement that allows the candidate time to attend the program.  This statementis particularly important since those accepted into the program must attend all sessions to receive the certificate of achievement. The application review committee is comprised of faculty from across disciplines that bridge both campuses. 

      Program Graduates and Feedback

      Class of 2014

      Class of 2015


      • The Early career development program has already helped me immensely in communicating and feeling more confident in the workplace.  I have been able to resolve conflicts and better represent my academic interests and goals.  I now have a core group of female colleagues to count on and collaborate with.  I think I would be totally lost as a junior faculty without this opportunity!
      • The OWIMS Early Career Development Program for Women has been an extraordinarily helpful program for me for several reasons.  First, it provides me with specific techniques and skills that I have been able to directly use in my professional career, such as in dealing with conflict management and promotion.  Many of these skills and techniques have spilled over into my personal life, helping me with many of my challenges and relationships outside of work (which impact my ability to function best at work!) In addition, since the program unites women at this similar career stage from across the medical school in a variety of disciplines, I now have a unique cohort of women who are dealing with the very same issues that I deal with on a regular basis. Not only does this help me along my path as I am able to recognize the universality of my career stage, but I have a special “support system” of colleagues with whom I trust to discuss these important issues.  Further, this program has allowed me to connect with many of the successful senior faculty at our medical school who have led many of the presentations and serve as role models for me in my career.  Most importantly, this program has provided an opportunity for me to take a step back from my daily stream of activities to think about my overall career goals and what is most important to me as I move forward in my career.   I have thus found this program to be unequivocally one of the best ways that I spend my time and I look forward to each session! 


      Contact Natalie Barrett with questions at nbarrett@wakehealth.edu.  


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