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JUMP Frequently Asked Questions

What is JUMP?
The WFSM Junior Faculty Mentoring Program (JUMP) is a program designed 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. 

Who is eligible to be a mentee?
All faculty at the Instructor and Assistant Professor rank. 

How do I Join JUMP?  
Junior faculty wishing to join JUMP should visit the "How to Join" webpage (
Senior faculty, please contact Rita Groce at to enroll.  

Who is eligible to be a mentor?
Anyone desiring to provide guidance to junior faculty. 

As a mentor, I already have a number of informal mentoring relationships with junior faculty. Can I formalize the mentoring relationships that I currently have in place?
Yes. Please submit information regarding the relationship to 

What is a Departmental Mentoring Facilitator (DMF)?
The Departmental Mentoring Facilitator (DMF) serves a critical role in the departmental component of JUMP and works closely with the Office of Faculty Affairs and Career Development. Their primary roles are to identify and encourage departmental senior faculty with appropriate skills & expertise to be a Content-Specific Mentor and to encourage departmental junior faculty to join the program and to match them with departmental Content Mentors. 

Will training, career development and social opportunities be available through JUMP at some point?
Yes. As with the other mentoring programs, there is a plan to offer various types of workshops, training, journal clubs and events for JUMP program participants. 

Are there mentoring programs that address the needs of other groups?
The institution has 3 other formal mentoring programs. The Maya Angelou Center's LAUNCH program is for underrepresented minority faculty, the Office of Women in Medicine & Science program is for women junior faculty, and the Pepper Center program is for faculty conducting aging research. The program descriptions and contact information can be found on the Office of Faculty Development Mentoring webpage (

Can I join more than one mentoring program?
You may join as many programs as you wish. Just keep in mind that each mentoring relationship is a commitment in both time and effort.

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Evelyn Anthony, MD
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Shannon Suggs
Program Coordinator

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