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Guidelines for conversations with tenure-track faculty

Tenure-Track Years 7-9 Physician Scientists

Primary Focus: Building a national reputation

As is the case for all faculty, when physician-scientists come up for review, letters will serve as an important gauge of their recognition by the larger scholarly community. In fact, it is hard to overstate the importance of theses letters. To increase the odds of receiving strong letters, faculty should focus on building a national reputation. Mentors can help them by using any of the techniques listed in the box below:

 


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Letters from extramural consultants will be extremely important when mentees come up for review. Mentors can help mentees cultivate potential letter-writers by bringing the following opportunities to obtain “face time” with extramural scholars to mentees’ attention.

Be on the alert for the following opportunities:
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Recommend your mentees for study sections. Serving on study sections will offer them the opportunity to demonstrate the clarity of their scientific reasoning to prominent scholars in their fields.
Call your colleagues at universities throughout the country to solicit invitations for your mentees.
Invite the top names in your mentees’ area of expertise to give seminars. If they accept, make sure your mentees get some individual face-time with visiting scholars.
Find opportunities for your mentees to organize or participate in high-profile conferences.
Help your mentees identify the key professional societies in their area of biomedical expertise and secure membership in them

Service on study sections

Invited lectures

Meetings with visiting scholars

Roles organizing conferences

Memberships in professional and scientific societies

As faculty approach their mandatory review year, mentors should encourage them to start assembling their dossiers. For guidance in this area, they may want to direct faculty to Preparing Your Promotion Dossier:A Step-by-Step Guide Guidebook

Includes the following materials with dos & donts, and how-tos:

Please send suggestions for future editions of the guide to Mary Blitzer Field, M.Phil., Associate Director, Advance faculty professional development program, fieldm@mail.med.upenn.edu

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