Mentorship in the academic health sciences has an important influence on academic productivity, personal development, and career guidance.
Mentoring has been defined as a "dynamic, reciprocal relationship in a work environment between an advanced career incumbent and a beginner aimed at promoting the development of both."
It is also a personal process that combines role modeling, apprenticeship, and nurturing. Responding to the results of faculty surveys, the USF Health Faculty Mentoring Program is being established with the goals of supporting the retention and personal development of the highest quality faculty, increasing faculty diversity through improved mentoring of faculty, and improving faculty career satisfaction and success.
Presently assistant, associate, and full professors in the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health including all Medicine courtesy faculty are eligible to participate in the mentoring program. All participating mentee faculty may be paired with potential mentors who are senior faculty responsible for providing career guidance and support. Development of the program is ongoing.
The program aims to support faculty in their pursuit of a successful and satisfying career. Ultimately, this will facilitate the achievement of USF Health’s goals of national prominence in healthcare, research, education, and community service. This program will match mentors and mentees from different colleges/programs at USF and will supplement existing departmental mentorship programs.
Our vision is for the USF faculty mentoring program to become a national center of excellence for mentoring in the academic health sciences.