Health sciences centers rely on competent and engaged faculty members for their success, and therefore robust faculty development and mentoring programs are a must for every academic institution. Faculty development and mentoring program metrics should be closely linked with the program goals. The goals of institutional faculty development and mentoring programs are to increase faculty retention, improve job satisfaction, and facilitate promotion.
This paper describes the essential components of an innovative concept of the comprehensive Faculty Development Program, consisting of the Institutional Faculty Development Program, Departmental Faculty Development Program, Personalized Faculty Development Program, Leadership Development Academy, Community Faculty, and Preceptors’ Development Program, Writing Interest Group, and an outcome-driven, promotion-oriented Institutional Faculty Mentoring Program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. In the discussion section, we review and discuss the theoretical perspectives and principles of faculty development and mentoring in health sciences professions and provide some of the key references for those interested in learning more about these topics.
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