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Health Sciences Faculty Mentor Training Program (FMTP)

A structured mentorship program for all HS faculty

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/Division 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. 
  • 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 one, 3x in year two, and 2x in year three.
  • 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 


Mentor Excellence Symposium & Reception (November 10, 2020)

  • Featuring Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, University of Wisconsin‐Madison
  • 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 Mentoring Award. To honor our awardees, OFA plants a fruit-bearing tree every year in Roger's Urban Farmlab on main campus. This “Mentorship Grove” is emblematic of the enduring strength of mentorship relationships that provide the foundation for our faculty to flourish. The fruit harvested from these trees will be used to support Triton Food Pantry and other campus eateries.

FMTP Annual Fall Training Workshop (October 26, 29, and November 2, 2020)




November 10, 2020
Mentoring Excellence Celebration
Featuring: Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, University of Wisconsin‐Madison
Time: 5:00-6:30 PM
via Zoom
​October 26, 29, and November 2, 2020
Senior Faculty Mentor Training
CIMER Facilitators: Angela Byars‐Winston, PhD and Christine Pfund PhD, University of Wisconsin‐Madison
Time: 12:00-1:30 PM
via Zoom
Participants must attend all three days

Registration is extremely limited. Please contact for details.

Spring 2021

Junior Faculty Training  

NRMN Master FacilitatorsDennis Durbin, MD, MSCE & Emma Meagher, MD

More details coming soon!

FMTP Directors
​Vivian Reznik, MD, MPH, Faculty Director and Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine and Public Health
JoAnn Trejo, PhD, MBA, Assistant Vice Chancellor Faculty Affairs and Professor of Pharmacology 

FMTP Evaluation 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, Operations and Strategy
​Alexandra Bortnick, PhD, Data Analytics and Program Manager

Department/Division Mentor Directors​ (DMDs)
Ulrich Schmidt, MD
Lucila Ohno-Machado, MD, PhD
Robert El-Kareh, MD
​Biomedical Informatics
Bruce Hamilton, PhD
​Cell and Molecular Medicine
Larry Eichenfield, MD
Richard Clark, MD
​Emergency Medicine
​Paul Mills, PhD 
Suzi Hong, PhD - Interim
Family Medicine and Public Health
David Smith, MD
  • Palliative Care
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

  • Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health
  • Hospital Medicine
Irene Litvan, MD
John Ravits, MD 

  • Pediatric Neurology
Judith Varner, PhD
Farnaz Hasteh, MD 
Ami Doshi, MD
William Joiner, PhD
Alexandra Newton, PhD
​Susan Tapert, PhD Psychiatry
Jona Hattangadi Gluth, MD 
Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences
​Rosalind Dietrich, MD 
Christine Chung, MD
​Pamela Mellon, PhD 
Christine Miller, MD 
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science
​Natalie Afshari, MD, FACS
Don Kikkawa, MD
Dionicio Siegel, PhD
Jennifer Le, PharmD, MAS
Shirley Tsunoda, PharmD
​School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
​Sarah Blair, MD

Mentor Facilitators
Stephen Hayden, MD
​Emergency Medicine
​Edward Chao, DO
​Medicine, General Internal Medicine
​Mariana Cherner, PhD​Psychiatry
​Darcy Wooten, MD, MS
​Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health
​Judy Varner, PhD
​Ulrich Schmidt, MD
​Kyung (Kay) Rhee, MD
​Robert El-Kareh, MD
​Biomedical Informatics

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

"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