National Professional Development Programs

The Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) directs the National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM) for junior faculty. This is a seven month professional development program with a mentoring component. Please see NCLAM link for more information.

The UC San Diego Rady School of Management and other programs offer a variety of leadership development activities for all levels of faculty. OFA also supports participation in other national programs including the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) leadership development seminars.

For more information, contact hsfacaffairs@ucsd.edu.

Funding Opportunities for New and Innovative Ideas Related to Faculty Development

While no funds are available, request for funds to support new and innovative initiatives related to Health Sciences faculty development will be considered by OFA on a case by case basis.


The general campus Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) offers grant and co-sponsorship for innovative programs that advance UC San Diego strategic plan diversity goals, including innovation grants, co-sponsorships, and excellence awards. 
See EDI Funding Opportunities 

Existing Professional Development Opportunities

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CTRI Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST) Program

UC San Diego CREST is designed to enhance the training of investigators with specialized clinical and laboratory skills to use rigorous methods to address questions with human populations. The main features of the program are on integrated design for state-of-the-art training and broad-based curriculum encompassing major areas of clinical research.

Visit the CREST website for more information.

Associate Professor Leadership Development Program (APLDP)

The program objectives of the APLDP is to empower Associate Professors by providing them the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to effectively and confidently fulfill their many roles and responsibilities beyond performing research - as leaders, teachers, mentors, advisors, colleagues, supervisors, and more. The program provides a forum in which to build relationships and a support network among Associate Professors across the campus and strives to create and sustain an inspired and motivated faculty who feel invested in the success of the University and supported by the University. Open to all HS ladder-rank faculty.

 See UC San Diego Academic Affairs APLDP  website for more information.

Advanced Degrees

AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar

The AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar is a three and a half-day program designed for women at the assistant professor or instructor level. The goal of the program is to provide an introduction to knowledge and skills needed to follow the path to leadership in academic medicine. Applications are due in the spring of each year and the seminar is in early summer. The Office of Vice Chancellor Health Sciences offers partial funding for two faculty to attend the annual seminar.

Contact hsfacaffairs@ucsd.edu for funding support.

Visit the AAMC website for more information.

AAMC Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar

The AAMC Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar is a three-day professional development seminar designed for junior faculty (senior clinical and research fellows, instructors, and assistant professors) and post doctoral fellows (MD, MD/PhDs and PhDs) who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine. The seminar is held in early Fall. The Office of Vice Chancellor Health Sciences offers partial funding for two faculty to attend the annual seminar.

Contact hsfacaffairs@ucsd.edu for funding support.

 Visit the AAMC website for more information.

AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Seminar

The AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Seminar is designed for individuals at the associate professor level who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine. The Seminar addresses the specific needs of mid-career faculty from a culturally responsive approach offering skill building and strategies for pursuing career advancement in academic medicine, networking opportunities, executive coaching sessions, CV review for career development planning, as well as observational learning opportunities where participants will be matched with a senior faculty member outside of their institution. The Office of Vice Chancellor Health Sciences offers partial funding for two faculty to attend the annual seminar.

Contact hsfacaffairs@ucsd.edu for funding support.

Visit the AAMC website for more information.

AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar

This seminar is designed for women primarily at the associate professor level. Women in the early stages of a professorial appointment will be considered on an individual basis. The seminar is for physicians and scientists holding medical school appointments and holding leadership positions within their discipline, department or institution. The Office of Vice Chancellor Health Sciences offers partial funding for two faculty to attend the annual seminar.

Contact hsfacaffairs@ucsd.edu for funding support.

Visit the AAMC website for more information.

California Professional Development Programs for Mid-Career Faculty

California Physician Leadership Program teaches the business of medicine. The California Physician Leadership program is a collaboration between University of Southern California and the Marshall School of Business. This is a comprehensive certificate program is designed to advance California’s physicians ability to navigate the complex health care environment. This professional development seminar focuses on leadership strategies, core business principles, and is open to all California physicians and medical executives.

Please see the website for more information.

October 2016 – April 2017 USC Campus | Los Angeles, CA Earn up to 105 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™

Principles of Medical Education: Maximizing Your Teaching Skills

This is a Harvard-run introductory course on the principles of effective clinical teaching for mid-career faculty. The course provides an exploration in critical thinking, teaching experiences, models of clinical instruction, learner assessment and effective feedback strategies.

Please visit the website for more information.

April 13 - 17, 2016 • Wednesday–Friday Westin San Diego | San Diego, CA Earn up to 19 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

This 12-week virtual boot camp offered through the National Center for Academic Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) is designed for academic faculty to improve scholarly productivity, time management, and work-life balance. Previous participants at all ranks have found the program to be extremely beneficial. Academic Senate and Non-Senate Instructional faculty who are primarily involved in scholarly research with similar promotion expectations for teaching and service are eligible to apply. The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) offers funding support for faculty through a competitive application process.

Visit EDI website for more information on this training and funding opportunity.