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History of JUMP


Acknowledging the importance of mentorship, the groundwork that led to the creation of JUMP came from four primary sources.

  • The existence of mentoring programs at WFSM was determined through a departmental survey that was conducted by the Faculty Development Advisory Committee. The results of that survey indicated that, overall, very few departments have some formal type of mentoring program; however, many departments indicated that there existed some form of informal department mentoring.
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  • A World Café on Mentoring was held to determine the interest level of WFSM faculty for mentoring. Of the 50 faculty and department chairs attending the Café, most voiced a desire for the creation of an environment for formal mentoring and the necessity of making mentoring an expectation and priority for WFSM faculty.
  • Through individual meetings with many of the department chairs, the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Career Development learned of their interest and need for the creation of a centralized mentoring program and the desire for assistance from departments with some form of mentoring.
  • The arrival in 2011 of our new medical school Dean, Dr. Ed Abraham, heralded a new vision for creating a mentoring culture at WFSM.


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

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