With a goal to expand the number of faculty-clinicians representative of the population of Arizona, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Faculty Fellows Program is seeking to recruit new fellows and mentors.
The Faculty Fellows Mentoring Program is an initiative developed collaboratively between the College’s Office of Faculty Affairs and its Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the program seeks to increase the engagement, retention and promotion of faculty members from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and offers individualized mentorship, career planning, research training, networking and funding for professional development.
The Faculty Fellows Program is recruiting new faculty fellows from within the college and the application deadline is Friday, June 5.
The program is one of many health-care diversity “pipeline” programs created by or supported by the Arizona Health Sciences Center that aims to decrease health disparities and improve health outcomes for Arizonans.
Francisco A. Moreno, MD, professor of psychiatry at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and the assistant vice president for diversity and inclusion at the Arizona Health Sciences Center, co-leads the Faculty Fellows Mentoring Program with another diversity champion at the college, Anne Wright, PhD. Dr. Wright oversees all aspects of the college’s Faculty Affairs Office, including designing and implementing career and leadership development programs, faculty recruitment and promotion and the enhancement of faculty diversity.
The first cohort of faculty members celebrated the successful completion of the program on May 5 with 11 fellows empowered with improved teaching skills, the tools to increase scholarly productivity and funding success, as well as greater awareness of how to pursue leadership opportunities and promotion.
Fellows and mentors both expressed enthusiasm for the program, citing greater understanding of the need and challenges in creating a diverse health-care workforce and the benefits of mentorship for early-career faculty clinicians. Both also expressed an appreciation of the program for providing clear strategies for career advancement that can be shared throughout the college.
Faiz Anwer, MD, assistant professor of medicine and a member of the UA Cancer Center
Christian Bime, MD, MSc, assistant professor of medicine and a member of the Arizona Respiratory Center
Samuel Campos, PhD, assistant professor of immunobiology and an associate member of the UA Cancer Center
Paola Devis, MD, assistant professor of radiology, Department of Medical Imaging
Francine Gachupin, PhD, MPH, CIP, assistant professor and assistant director of both the UA Cancer Center Health Disparities Institute and the Native American Research and Training Center
Marisa Menchola, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and neurology.
Valentine Nfonsam, MD, MS, assistant professor of surgery and a memberof the UA Cancer Center
Violet Siwik, MD, assistant professor of family and community medicine and interim associate dean of student affairs
Sasha Taleban, MD, assistant professor of medicine and director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program
Amelia Villagomez, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry
Natalie Whitfield, PhD, assistant professor of pathology
Abraham Jacob, MD, associate professor and vice chair of the Division of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and director of the UA Ear Institute
Jesse Martinez, PhD, professor of cellular and molecular medicine and radiation oncology, a member of the UA Cancer Center and director of research education and facilities
Carlos Galvani, MD, director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery and associate professor of surgery
Judith Gordon, PhD, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and associate head for research
Jane Mohler, MSN, MPH, PhD, associate professor of geriatrics, associate director of the Arizona Center on Aging, co-director of the Arizona Geriatric Education Center
Samuel M. Keim, MD, MSc, professor and head of the Department of Emergency Medicine
Mindy Fain, MD, professor of medicine;chief of the Division of Geriatrics, General Medicine and Palliative Medicine; and executive director of practice innovation in health sciences
Jennie R. Joe, PhD, professor of family and community medicine, director of the Native American Research and Training Center and an associate member of the UA Cancer Center
Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH, professor and head of the Department of Family and Community Medicine
Felicia Goodrum Sterling, PhD, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology and cellular and molecular medicine
Alexander G. Chiu, MD, professor and chair, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
To learn more about the Faculty Fellows Program, please email Lydia Kennedy, MEd, firstname.lastname@example.org