Health Sciences Faculty Mentor Training Program (FMTP)

Mentorship is integral to a successful career in academic science and medicine. The Health Sciences Faculty Mentor Training Program (FMTP) is a formal structured mentorship program designed to support the success of junior faculty, while also improving their sense of satisfaction and engagement with the institution. FMTP enhances senior faculty training in effective mentoring, facilitates the adoption of a formalized faculty mentor program within the individual departments/divisions and cultivates an environment where mentoring excellence is valued.

Health Sciences Faculty Mentor Training Program (FMTP) was developed by the Health Sciences Office of Faculty Affairs in 2017. This program will continue to evolve as we identify best practices for faculty mentorship in the Health Sciences at UC San Diego. The three-year pilot FMTP is supported by the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, the Chancellor's Office, and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. 

Department Mentor Directors 

  • responsible for the overall FMTP program within their individual department or division.
  • senior faculty members selected by the Chair, who are trained and experienced mentors.
  • coordinate mentor-mentee pairings and provide oversight, guidance and support to the mentors/mentees. 
  • act as a mediator, if needed. 
  • They will be provided with resources for academic promotion, policy information, and professional development opportunities. 
  • document and track the mentor-mentee pairings and report yearly to OFA. 
  • help build a community of mentoring excellence, attend senior faculty mentor events and yearly meetings. 
Senior Faculty Mentors

  • salaried faculty appointment at the associate or full professor rank with knowledge and experience of navigating the UC system/UC San Diego. 
  • have outstanding communication skills and successfully complete the FMTP mentor training.  
  • facilitate the development of the mentees Career Development Plan (CDP) aligned with the Department promotion and advancement criteria, sponsor/champion the individual mentees, and guide/support the junior faculty.
  • responsible for mentoring junior faculty mentees either individually or in a group format over a 2 to 3 year period. 
  • meet with mentees 4 times in year 1, 3 times in year 2 and 2 times in year 3.
  • help build a community of mentoring excellence and attend senior faculty mentor events. 
  • eligible to receive service, teaching or CME credit for full participation in the program. 

Why is FMTP Important? 

  • Research has shown that mentorship is integral to a successful career in academic science and medicine, particularly for clinical faculty, clinical translational and basic researchers
  • Formal, structured mentorship supports the success of junior faculty in publishing scholarly work and receiving federal/extramural funding, while also improving their sense of satisfaction and engagement with the institution
  • Federal funding agencies are calling for evidence-based mentor training programs for faculty, particularly for NIH T32 and K12 training grants
  • Cost of failed mentoring relationships is enormous and includes loss of faculty productivity, engagement, and collateral damage from low faculty morale 

FMTP News and Events

FMTP Annual Fall Training Workshop (November 7 - 8, 2018)

​Inaugural Mentor Excellence Symposium & Reception (November 14, 2018)

  • Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Mellon and Dr. Victor Nizet, this year's recipients!

  • Celebrating mentor excellence within Health Sciences and the 20th Anniversary of the National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM) program. 
Featuring: Mitchell Feldman, MD, MPhil, FACP, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Mentoring, Professor of Medicine, UC San Francisco

Health Sciences Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) recognizes faculty for their outstanding contributions to the mentorship of junior faculty and future leaders in academic medicine with the annual Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award. To honor our awardees, OFA supports UC San Diego’s regional urban forest by planting trees on UC San Diego’s main campus. Every year, we commemorate our awardees with the planting of a tree in our symbolic “Mentorship Grove,” emblematic of the enduring strength of mentorship relationships that provide the foundation for our faculty to flourish.

See FMTP Workshop Calendar for future training events

Mentoring Resources

Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER)

Provides resources for mentee training, mentor training, and facilitator training. Provides additional online resources for mentors and mentees.

2018-2019 FMTP Workshops 

November 7 - 8, 2018
​​Senior Faculty Training in Effective Mentoring conducted by CIMER 
Facilitators: Angela Byars‐Winston, PhD and Christine Pfund PhD, University of Wisconsin‐Madison
Location: UC San Diego SOM Campus
​November 14, 2018

Fall Mentor Excellence Symposium & Reception
Featuring: Mitchell Feldman, MD, MPhil, FACP, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Mentoring, Professor of Medicine, UC San Francisco
Location: UC San Diego, Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club

March 14, 2019

Junior Faculty Training Workshops

NRMN Master FacilitatorsDennis Durbin, MD, MSCE & Emma Meagher, MD,
Location: MET 304

Please only register for ONE of the sessions. 

FMTP Directors

​Vivian Reznik, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine and Public Health

JoAnn Trejo, PhD, MBA, Professor of Pharmacology 

FMTP Evaluation and Assessment Team
Deborah Wingard, PhD, Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health, Epidemiology

​Samantha Hurst, PhD, Associate Project Scientist, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health

​Ginger Hazen, PhD, Manager, Administrative and Programs
​Alexandra Bortnick, PhD, Program Manager and Data Analyst

Department/Division Mentor Directors​ (DMDs)

Ulrich Schmidt, MD


Lucila Ohno-Machado, MD, PhD

Robert El-Kareh, MD

Biomedical Informatics

Stephen Hayden, MD  
Karen van Hoesen, MD

Emergency Medicine

​Andrea LaCroix, PhD 

Family Medicine and Public Health
​David Smith, MD
  • Emily Sladek, MD
  • Geriatrics 

​Irene Litvan, MD
John Ravits, MD


Judith Varner, PhD
Jonathan Lin, MD
Henry Powell, MD

​Sheila Gahagan, MD 
​Susan Tapert, PhD Psychiatry
Jona Hattangadi Gluth, MD 
Radiation Medicine and Applied Science
​Rosalind Dietrich, MD 
Richard Buxton, PhD

​Pamela Mellon, PhD 
Christine Miller, MD 
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science
​Sarah Blair, MD

​Grace Kuo, PharmD
Candis Morello, PharmD
Tracy Handel, PhD
Bradley Moore, PhD

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

FMTP Trained Mentor Facilitators
Stephen Hayden, MD
​Emergency Medicine

​Edward Chao, MD

​Lance Prince, MD​Pediatrics
​Mariana Cherner, PhD​Psychiatry

Pictured from left to right, 
Drs. Deborah Wingard,  Angela Byars-Winston, Christine Pfund, JoAnn Trejo,  
and Vivian Reznik. 

"Great training for all faculty, great materials and cases. The facilitators of this course were spectacular, taking mentorship to a terrific level of art as well as a science" – Gabby Haddad, MD 

"I wish these trainings were available 25 years ago… in retrospect I could have been a better mentor, particularly in difficult situations." 
– Stephen Spector, MD

"This course finally gives me the structure to more efficiently and effectively advance my mentees academically…"  -Chris Tomaszewski, MD 

"It was a pleasure to delve into the nuances of effective mentorship with faculty from across the health sciences!" –Andrea LaCroix, PhD 

"The FMTP training provided an excellent overview ...  I left the training feeling enriched." 
 - Todd Pawlicki, PhD

"The FMTP training was outstanding!  After more than 15 years of mentoring others I had my first experience being trained in this topic!
" – Alison Moore, MD