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Early Career Development Program for Women

ECDPW 2016

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) or administrative equivalent, 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. cost is reasonable (modest tuition for the program and minimal/no travel expenses); 
  5. the program provides an opportunity for women to come together from diverse professional backgrounds to exchange ideas and develop their networks further.

    2018 Call for Applications is now open

    Women Faculty at the Instructor or Assistant Professor rank or administrative equivalent, are invited to apply for this professional development fellowship which will begin in January 2018.  Review the 2018 program schedule to provide a guideline on program content.  Print and post/share the 2018 ECDPW flier with colleagues. 

    The ECDPW Selection & Review Committee selects program participants based on the following criteria: 
    (1) program fit with career goals; (2) time to promotion; (3) quality and professionalism of the application; and (4) strength of the letter of support from the applicant’s Chair.

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

    1. Application form 2018
    2. Cover letter (approximately one page) responding to the following: (a) Regarding your current career journey, what motivates you to apply for this program and why now?; (b) What are your career goals and how can the ECDPW help you to achieve these goals?; and (c) If there is any additional pertinent information that would be useful in evaluating your application, please detail it in this letter.  Please be clear and concise.
    3. CV
    4. A letter of support from the candidate’s department chair or section chief that must include a statement that allows the candidate release time for the program. This statement is particularly important since those accepted into the program must attend all sessions to receive the certificate of achievement.

    Applications should be submitted electronically to Natalie Barrett and must be received by October 2, 2017.

    Please contact Suzanne Danhauer, PhD, ECDPW Program Director or Natalie Barrett, ECDPW Program Manager, if you have any questions. 

        Program Graduates and Feedback

        Class of 2014

        Class of 2015

        Class of 2016

        Class of 2017


        • 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! 


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