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Early-Career Faculty

Department of Medicine

​Early-career faculty (instructors, assistant professors in years 1-4) should focus on recruiting the mentoring, training and resources you need as you begin to define your career path. Development needs for early-career faculty will vary by area of focus, interest and need - please review the relevant sections below to learn about opportunities and resources available.

Getting Started: Mentoring
It is a requirement that all early-career faculty in the School of Medicine select a mentor within their first 90 days. Your mentor can help you navigate your development options and align them with your career goals. Mentor selection will be supported differently by each Division. If you are uncertain of the mentor selection process for your Division reach out to your direct supervisor or Division Head for support.

The DOM Junior Faculty Mentor Program (JUMP) is designed to address the unique challenges that promising junior faculty members are faced with when they are asked by students, residents, and fellows to assume a mentoring role. Annual cohort. 

JUMP program details​ 
2015-2019 Participant List

Contact: Greg Austin, MD, Director Junior Faculty Development, Vice Chair Regional Clinical Affairs, 303-724-1857.

Additional support and resources are available through the Faculty Advancement Office. For questions or to schedule time for a consult, contact

Getting Started: General Resources

2019/2020 Career Cornerstones (cohort 3) 
recommended pre-mid course review 

Assistant Professor professional development 

 REGISTRATION CLOSED - 2019 / 2020 Career Cornerstones, a multi-departmental professional development program with content targeted for early career junior faculty. All Department of Medicine junior faculty encouraged to participate prior to completing their midcourse review.

2020/2021 Cohort will kick-off late Fall 2020. Watch for cohort registration announcements - summer 2020. 

Getting Started: Researchers

The DOM Research Office provides assistance to new investigators in applying for and managing grants, including grant writing help. The Research Office also offers several programs supporting emerging investigators:

Other resources for new investigators:

  • CCTSI Clinical Faculty Sch​olars Program helps emerging investigators obtain a career development award (K08, K23 or foundation equivalent), or a first independent, extramural project award (R21, R01 or equivalent) through guided project development, educational seminars, grant writing classes, and mentorship participants.
  • CU Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists (CU-FRCS) - grant and mentoring program for junior MD/DO physician-scientists (women and men) who face hardship resulting from caregiving needs.
  • The Department of Medicine has many designated ‘innovation liaisons’ within the Divisions to help researchers connect with CU Innovations.  Their goal is to increase participation and engagement in commercialization and entrepreneurship activities.  
          • ​​​Division innovation liaisons provide a point of contact for CU Innovations and will support communications between researchers and CU Innovations regarding intellectual property and technology transfer. For more information, contact your Division innovation liaison – DOM Innovation Liaisons or reach out to Cigdem Benam, Communications Program Manager, CU Innovations
Getting Started: Clinician Educators
The DOM Program for Academic Clinician Educators (PACE) provides financial support for medical education research, innovative program development in education, salary support and/or career development of clinician-educators.

Other resources for new clinician-educators:

Getting Started: Clinicians
The DOM Quality and Safety Program (QSP) strives to advance the quality of care delivered by DOM providers to our patients through a number of integrated programs. The DOM Clinical Operations section lists useful resources for Department of Medicine clinicians and care providers. In addition to DOM-specific resources, you will find links to University of Colorado Hospital and CU Medicine (formerly University Physicians, Inc.).

Other resources for new clinicians:

Getting Started: Women and Minorities
The DOM Office of Diversity and Justice was established in 2016 to support diversity among our faculty and housestaff. Other resources for women and minorities: