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Applications Due August 15th

The Summer Application is open

Along with the application applicants are required to submit the following:

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


  • PSOM Faculty (typically; interested candidates from other schools are encouraged to inquire) 
  • In years 2-5 of initial faculty appointment  

  • On CE track (typically; interested physician scientist candidates with a clinical research focus are encouraged to inquire) 

Key for faculty who have not yet developed a long-term strategic career plan

Year One: Keys for Success

  • 100% Online
  • Regular 1:1 and group meetings with program mentors
  • One Friday a month
  • 12:30-3
  • Fall 2023 Dates
  • Advancing research
  • Delivering talks
  • Identifying resources
  • Managing conflict
  • Managing time and energy
  • Maximizing mentorship
  • Negotiating, networking
  • Goal setting
  • Strategizing scholarly efforts
  • Understanding funding

Year Two: Scientific Writing

  • 100% Online
  • Two Tuesdays a month
  • 12-1:30
  • Manuscript rules and outlines
  • Thinking like a reviewer or editor
  • Titles and abstracts
  • Discussion section
  • Tables, figures, and data visualization



  • Develop competencies required to become successful academicians
  • Build skills for scholarship & reputation development
  • Support the creation of strategic career plans laid on foundations of team building & program development
  • Foster mentoring & sponsorship relationships
  • Orient participants in attitudinal domains toward resilience & self-care within the context of advanced approaches to time-management
  • Hone academic writing skills

    This program was formerly known as Academic Foundations. If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact the Administrative Director:

Tuition & Fees for 2022-23 Academic Year

The total cost of the PACE program is linked to the cost per credit unit at the time of course enrollment. For the 2023-24 academic year, the cost would be $5,690. Participants in this certificate program are eligible for the University of Pennsylvania Tuition Benefit.


  0.5 CU 1.0 CU
Tuition $2,845 $5,690
General Fee $297 $594
Technology Fee $95 $190


Tuition Benefits

Depending on your employment status, you may be eligible for tuition benefits. See below.

The University of Pennsylvania

CHOP Staff

Penn Medicine Staff

You can view our Tuition Benefits Tip Sheet here.

  • 12:30-3PM

Spring 2024

  • January 8
  • February 16
  • March 8
  • April 19
  • May 24
  • June 21

Fall 2023

  • September 29
  • October 27
  • November 17
  • December 15

Fall 2022

  • September 30, In person
  • October 14, Zoom
  • November 18, Zoom
  • December 9, In Person

Spring 2023

  • January 20, In Person
  • February 24, In Person
  • March 24, In Person
  • April 21, In Person
  • May 19, In Person


"The 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 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

"I had assumed that once I reached this stage in my academic career that I should know all there was to writing, submitting, and publishing manuscripts. In reality, writing continued to feel like I was cooking a challenging dish without a recipe. I thought experience would be my teacher and I would naturally get to the point of feeling comfortable, but I remained immensely insecure and unqualified. Even though I was not an “early” junior assistant prof., I was motivated to apply for the FOCUS writing course with the hopes of acquiring tools that would make writing less daunting and that I could pass on to my mentees and trainees. I cannot thank Ellen, Fran, and my colleagues enough for making the course so valuable. Sessions covered a range of topics, including various strategies for writing, such as writing sprints and deep focus work; tangible tips for each section of a research publication (which I now happily pass along to all my trainees); and perspectives from outside experts, which included the editor-in-chief from a major journal and our amazing librarians, which provided practical information. I genuinely felt at the end of the program that I had attained a sturdy foundation and strategy for writing and publishing my work. I also found myself surrounded by brilliant colleagues who reminded me that there’s a large community here at UPenn that is supportive and encouraging. Even if you feel comfortable writing and publishing, I think the course would still be valuable, offering alternative writing strategies and insight into the submission and review process from the journal’s perspective. Meeting every other week for 6 months is a substantial time commitment, but it’s a worthy investment in yourself and career." Vivian Lee, MD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology on the Year Two PACE curriculum.