Program Overview

The Perelman School of Medicine leadership is thrilled to offer a 4-semester career-development certificate program designed to provide Assistant Professors with the tools, strategies, and skills to maximize their success. Meet the program leadership ...

Target Participants

  • 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


  • Provide junior faculty participants with the core competencies of 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


  • Advancing research   
  • Identifying resources 
  • Managing conflict
  • Managing time and energy
  • ​Maximizing mentorship         
  • Negotiating    
  • Networking 
  • Setting goals
  • Strategizing scholarly efforts
  • Understanding funding          

Modalities & Methods

  • In-person and online sessions and opportunities for engagement
  • Regular 1:1 and group meetings with program mentors
  • One meeting/month, Friday afternoons 12:30-3

Emphasis on program flexibility for clinicians

Meeting Dates for 2022-2023 Year One Cohort

  • 12:30-3PM
  • In person locations will generally be in Smilow or JMEC

Fall 2022

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

Spring 2023

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

If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact the Administrative Director:


Click to Begin Your Application

  • Application Due: JUL 1 2022
  • Chair/Chief Approval: By submitting your application, you certify that you have chair/chief approval to participate.

  • Applications should include

    • CV
    • Personal Statement - Describe why you wish to participate in the program, and what you hope to gain. (300 word limit). 


  • Tuition Benefits Apply!
    • The cost of this program is $5,444/year (AY21). Participants in this 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. Please also review the tax liability policy
    • Questions? Contact the Tuition Administrator at


"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