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The ​National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM)

The National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM) is a Health Sciences professional development program with a mentoring component for junior faculty at UC San Diego. NCLAM helps junior faculty develop skills appropriate for their academic career, implement a personal strategic plan and expand their network of colleagues within Health Sciences and University. 

Junior faculty attend a series of 17 workshops with topics ranging from UC San Diego expectations for academic promotion, to skill development in teaching and research, to professional development and leadership training. During the second half of the program, junior faculty choose a professional development project and are matched with a senior faculty mentor who can facilitate their progress. In return for the time dedicated to NCLAM, the department of each junior faculty is reimbursed by the Vice Chancellor Health Sciences Office at approximately 5% of his/her base salary for seven months while in the program.

2018 Schedule

  • Late January to early June, 2018
  • Weekly sessions on Fridays from 8:30am – 12:00pm
  • May to September, 2018 ~ Individual work on professional development project
  • September 14 and 21, 2018 ~ Professional development project presentations/Graduation

Eligibility

  • A salaried faculty with an appointment of 50% or greater 
  • Assistant Professor in a UC Faculty Series Step I – IV
  • Available for Friday morning sessions January – June 2018
  • Promotion file not scheduled for review or submission before July 2018

Women and underrepresented minority (URM) faculty are encouraged to apply.

Junior Faculty Benefits

This program will beneft the Health Sciences junior faculty by developing skills appropriate for their various career paths. Junior faculty will create and implement a personal academic strategic plan aligned to the requirements for success at the University of California. This program also facilitates the development of a network of colleagues within Health Sciences.

Institutional Benefits

Health Sciences benefits from the formal mentoring system developed within NCLAM that is focused on the academic career for junior faculty. The program provides a realistic support and feedback to junior faculty members about their academic progress in the UC system. It also enhances the connection and retention of faculty. NCLAM also provides an increased sense of community for both junior and senior faculty.

Application Process

APPLICATION

The National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM) is a program with a competitive application process. Each class is comprised of 20 faculty who are selected from various departments and Schools within Health Sciences. The program receives applications from more than the number of faculty that are accepted into the entering class. 

The NCLAM Leadership Council is responsible for selecting the candidates and strives to create a balanced class based on research and clinical faculty. Women and underrepresented minority (URM) faculty are encouraged to apply.

Application Timeline

The NCLAM application process starts in early September and ends in December. The application is an online form which requires a copy of the applicants’ current CV. Please see the application timeline:

  • Save-the-date is sent out to eligible junior faculty on September 14, 2017
  • Online application opens on October 2, 2017
  • Online application closes on October 31, 2017
  • NCLAM Leadership Council reviews applications in early November, 2017
  • Notifications of acceptance sent to applicants in November – December 2017 

Eligibility

NCLAM is a unique UC San Diego faculty development program created to support junior Health Sciences faculty through the initial years of adjustment after they choose academic careers. The requirements for participation are:

  • A salaried faculty with an appointment of 50% or greater 
  • Assistant Professor in a UC Faculty Series Step I – IV
  • Available for Friday morning sessions January – June 2018
  • Promotion file not scheduled for review or submission before July 2018

Class of 2018 Schedule

Seventeen cohorts of junior faculty have graduated from the NCLAM program. Each class follows the same schedule. The syllabus is shared with the participants at the first session. The Class of 2018 schedule is:

  • The NCLAM workshops begin in late January and end in early June, 2018
  • Each workshop is confirmed for Friday mornings (8:30am – 12:00pm) on the UC San Diego Campus
  • The individual participants work on a Professional Development Contract from May to September, 2018 
  • The final sessions are confirmed for September 14 and 21, 2018. Each junior faculty member will give a 10 – 15 minute presentation on the outcome of their Professional Development Contract.

Leadership Council

The National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM) Leadership Council is a comprised of senior faculty members with significant experience in research and administration and have broad knowledge of various divisions, departments, and Schools within Health Sciences. They facilitate understanding the importance of this program to the growth of junior faculty by communicating the progress of NCLAM back to Health Sciences. In addition, two specific tasks include (1) selection of the junior faculty participants for each class and (2) mentorship matching of the junior faculty with senior mentors.

Vivian Reznik, MD, MPH – Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs; Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine and Public Health; NCLAM Founder and Co-Director

JoAnn Trejo, PhD, MBA – Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs; Professor of Pharmacology; NCLAM Co-Director

Deborah Wingard, PhD – Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health; NCLAM Founder and Co-Director

Kim E. Barrett, PhD – Professor of Medicine

Ruth Covell, MD – Clinical Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine and Public Health 

Colin Depp, PhD – Associate Professor of Psychiatry; NCLAM Alumni

Tim Dresselhaus, MD – Assistant Chief of Medical Services; Veterans Administration, San Diego Health; HS Clinical Professor of Medicine

Gary Firestein, MD – Director, Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI); Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor, Translational Medicine; Professor of Medicine

Pamela Mellon, PhD – Vice-Chair for Research, Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Neuroscience; Director of the Center for Reproductive Science and Medicine

Victor Nizet, MD – Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacy

​Jackie Parthemore, MD – Professor Emeritus of Medicine 

Sharon Reed, MD – Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory; Professor of Pathology

Andrew Ries, MD, MPH – Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Professor of Medicine and Family Medicine and Public Health

Robert Ross, MD – Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Professor of Medicine

Maria Savoia, MD – Dean for Medical Education; Professor of Medicine

Angela Scioscia, MD – Chief Medical Officer, UC San Diego Health; Professor of Reproductive Medicine

Doris Trauner, MD – Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics

Jessica Wang-Rodriguez, MD – Professor of Pathology, Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, VAMC; NCLAM Alumni

Program Mentors

In the second half of the program, each National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM) junior faculty member is matched with a senior faculty mentor to work on a Professional Development Contract (PDC) that encompass a major part of their personal strategic plan. Two hundred and five faculty have participated as mentors from departments within the School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, as well as other schools within UC San Diego.

Junior Faculty

Since the inception of the National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM) in 1999, 308 junior faculty have graduated from the program. During the program, each junior faculty member develops and completes a Professional Development Contract with help from an assigned senior mentor. The list of projects by department shows the wide diversity of interests among the program graduates.

About Us

The Office of Faculty Affairs is directed by Vivian Reznik, MD, MPH, and JoAnn Trejo, PhD, MBA. Deborah Wingard, PhD serves as an expert epidemiologist and advisor for data analytics. The office has a dedicated staff who lead, develop and coordinate professional development activities, and perform data analysis.

Contact Information

Email: hsfacaffairs@ucsd.edu
619-543-3274

Mailing Address

UC San Diego Health Sciences
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0742
La Jolla, CA 92093-0742

Vivian Reznik, M.D., M.P.H. 
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs 
Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine and Public Health 
NCLAM Co-Director 
vreznik@ucsd.edu
858-534-2952

Dr. Reznik is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Faculty Affairs and Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine and Public Health. She has a longstanding interest in faculty development and mentoring in academic medicine. She is the founding director of the UC San Diego National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM) program.

 

JoAnn Trejo, Ph.D., M.B.A. 
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs 
Professor of Pharmacology 
joanntrejo@ucsd.edu
858-246-0150

Dr. Trejo is the Associate Dean for Health Sciences Faculty Affairs and Professor of Pharmacology. Her research focuses on signal transduction in the context of endothelial inflammation and breast cancer. She is the co-director of NCLAM and director of the San Diego IRACDA postdoctoral scholars program. She currently serves as the Faculty Equity Advisor Representative for Health Sciences, Chair of the Health Sciences Equity Committee and member of the Health Sciences Faculty Rights and Welfare Committee. 


Deborah Wingard, Ph.D. 
Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health 

NCLAM Co-Director 
dwingard@ucsd.edu

Dr. Wingard is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and she is Co-Director of the National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM) Dr. Wingard’s research focuses on the field of gender and racial health disparities. She currently serves on the Health Sciences Faculty Salary Equity Taskforce and the Health Sciences Faculty Equity Committee.


Monica Gudea
Principal Analyst
monica@ucsd.edu
619-543-2068

​Seneca Goodman

Faculty Affairs Specialist
NCLAM Program Manager
ssgoodman@ucsd.edu
619-543-3274
619-543-7176

Roxanna Noursamadi

​Faculty Affairs Specialist
HCOE Program Manager
rnoursamadi@ucsd.edu
619-543-3532
619-543-7176
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