Navigating Promotion and Tenure: A Panel Discussion with a Focus on Women in Medicine and Science

February 8, 2024 by

Location: MR5, Room 3005

Date: Mar 29, 2024 - Mar 29, 2024

Start Time: 1:00 pm

End Time: 2:00 pm

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Dana Albon, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Co-Chair COWIMS Professional Development Subcommittee; J. Kim Penberthy, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences and Co-Chair COWIMS Professional Development Subcommittee; Susan Pollart, MD, MS, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development and Ruth E. Murdaugh Professor of Family Medicine; and Jennie S. Knight.

Description/Learning Outcomes

The panel discussion, provided by the UVA Committee on Women in Medicine and Science, is a vital initiative designed to support and empower women in their pursuit of tenure and promotions within the fields of medicine and science. This event brings together a diverse group of accomplished professionals, including successful women who have navigated the tenure track, academic leaders, and experts in gender equity. The discussion aims to shed light on the unique challenges faced by women in academia, provide strategic advice on navigating the promotion and tenure process, and discuss effective ways to advocate for oneself. Interactive and inclusive, this panel seeks to create a supportive environment where women can gain practical insights, share experiences, and network with mentors and peers committed to advancing gender equality in medicine and science.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the Current Landscape: Describe the current state of women in medicine and science regarding tenure and promotions, including trends, common challenges, and barriers faced by women.
  • Strategies for Success: List effective strategies and best practices for women navigating the tenure and promotion process in medicine and science, including how to build a strong portfolio, effective networking, and the importance of mentorship.
  • Building a robust referee list to write strong and supportive promotion letters: describe strategies to identify referees who can attest to your eligibility for promotion.
  • Developing a regional and national reputation if you do not want to travel or can’t travel: Describe ways in which you can volunteer and contribute to local, regional, national and international committees and societies using remote technology and remote work.
  • Navigating Institutional Policies and Culture: Describe strategies to effectively navigate institutional policies and cultures that impact the process of obtaining tenure and promotions, with a focus on understanding implicit biases and developing tactics to advocate for equitable treatment.
  • Personal Branding and Visibility: Describe the importance of personal branding and visibility in academia, including how to effectively communicate achievements, engage in scholarly activities, and build a professional network that supports career advancement.
  • Creating Supportive Networks and Communities: List ways to create and engage with supportive networks and communities that empower women in medicine and science, including mentorship opportunities, peer support groups, and professional organizations dedicated to women’s advancement in these fields. (1.00 CME credit)

Target Audience

  • Physicians and other faculty.

For more information about this event, contact Patty Brophy.

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