PACE (Program to Advance Clinician Educators) at Penn Medicine is a longitudinal cohort, certificate-granting program that promotes skill development, community and near-peer mentoring.

The Certificate Program

Tuition Benefits Apply!

The Perelman School of Medicine leadership is thrilled to offer PACE (Program to Advance Clinician Educators) at Penn Medicine, a 4-semester career-development certificate program designed to provide newly appointed Clinician Educator faculty with the tools, strategies, and skills to maximize their success on the CE track. 


  • is a longitudinal cohort program that promotes skill development, community, and peer mentoring.
  • includes a mix of interactive lectures, panel discussions, large- and small-group work, self-reflection, and individual projects.
  • will cover
    • Maximizing Mentorship
    • Practical Strategies for Success on the CE Track
    • Advancing Research and Identifying Resources to Maximize Scholarship
    • Time and Energy Management
    • Negotiation
    • Managing Conflict
    • Networking and Advancing Your Career Outside Penn
    • Proactive Career Development and Planning


The cost of this program is $5,431/year (AY21). Participants in the PACE certificate program are eligible for the University of Pennsylvania tuition Benefit. For information on eligibility and the application process for the tuition benefit, see the Policy Manual here: Please also review the tax liability policy.
Questions? Contact the Tuition Administrator at


  • Assistant Professors on the CE Track (PSOM only) in years 1-3

2019-2020 Cohort Participant Feedback

The PACE program has been immensely helpful as junior faculty coming from a different institution. It has been a rapid, consolidated way to find out about resources at Penn and to meet engaging, accomplished faculty who are willing to help those of us starting our careers. It is the most rewarding program I have gotten involved with at Penn. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity. Jourdie Triebwasser, MD, MA, Assistant Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

The PACE program has afforded me exceptional mentorship and professional development experiences that will position me well for success on the CE track. The advice has been practical and actionable, which I really appreciate. It has also allowed me to network with other early career CE faculty across the university. Courtney Wolk, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry


Our Methods

PACE methods reflect best practices culled from research-substantiated junior faculty leadership initiatives and an extensive, multi-pronged needs analysis amongst pre-promoted and recently promoted Clinician Educators at the Perelman School of Medicine.

Meet the PACE Leadership Team

Faculty Participation

PACE participants will meet once per month from September to June on scheduled Friday afternoons, 12:30-3:00 for the first year of the two year program. Please note that participation requires that you commit to being at all sessions. There will be 2-4 hours of homework between sessions that may require meetings with potential mentors, readings to inform career planning, online interaction, and above all, self reflection. 


Interested applicants should discuss participation requirements with their chairs BEFORE APPLYING, and complete the application process, including the chair's approval. While we will make every attempt to accommodate all interested and qualified faculty, this is a resource-intensive initiative, and therefore program acceptance must be limited.

Application Due: July 15, 2021 (Application will open late spring 2021 for Cohort 2021-2023)

  • Chair/Chief Approval: By submitting your application, you certify that you have chair/chief approval to participate.
  • Participant Application with
    • CV 
    • Personal Statement - Describe why you wish to participate in PACE and what you hope to gain from the program. (300 word limit)

Applying? SAVE the Dates (Cohort 2021-2023 dates coming soon)

Cohort 2020-2022 Year One Dates (12:30-3PM)

•          Sept: 25 
•          Oct: 2
•          Nov: 13
•          Dec: 18
•          Jan: 8
•          Feb: 19
•          Mar: 19 
•          Apr: 16 
•          May: 14
•          June: 11


If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at

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