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/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, 3 times in year two, and 2 times 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 6, 2019)

  • 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 Faculty 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 (November 7, 2019)




Dates Workshops​
November 6, 2019 Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Celebration
Featuring: Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, University of Wisconsin‐Madison
Time: 5:00-7:00 PM
 Atkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club
​November 7, 2019 Senior Faculty Training in Effective Mentoring 
CIMER Facilitators: Angela Byars‐Winston, PhD and Christine Pfund PhD, University of Wisconsin‐Madison
Location: MET 141 + 143
Register HERE!

March 5, 2020

Junior Faculty Training Workshops

NRMN Master FacilitatorsDennis Durbin, MD, MSCE & Emma Meagher, MD,
Location: MET 141 + 143

  • AM Session: 8:30 -11:30 am 
  • PM Session: 1:30 – 4:30 pm 

Please only register for ONE of the sessions. 

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) Department/Division
Ulrich Schmidt, MD ​Anesthesiology
Lucila Ohno-Machado, MD, PhD
Robert El-Kareh, MD
​Biomedical Informatics
Stephen Hayden, MD
Karen Van Hosen, MD
​Emergency Medicine
​Andrea LaCroix, PhD  Family Medicine and Public Health
David Smith, MD


  • Geriatrics 
Irene Litvan, MD
John Ravits, MD 
Judith Varner, PhD
Farnaz Hasteh, MD 
​Sheila Gahagan, MD  Pediatrics
​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
Dionicio Siegel, PhD
Candis Morello, PharmD
Tracy Handel, PhD
​School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
FMTP Trained Mentor Facilitators Department​
Stephen Hayden, MD ​Emergency Medicine
​Edward Chao, MD ​Medicine
​Lance Prince, MD ​Pediatrics
​Mariana Cherner, PhD ​Psychiatry
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