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2018 C-Change Leadership and Mentoring Institute for Mid-Career and Senior Faculty in Academic Medicine

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - Friday, October 12, 2018

Brandeis University - Waltham, MA

January 24 and 25, 2018
April 5 and 6, 2018
June 7 and 8, 2018
October 11 and 12, 2018

Brandeis University
Waltham, Massachusetts

$5,450 includes all session tuition fees, course materials, and meals.

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Register by May 15th


It is with great pleasure that we are announcing the Culture Change in Academic Medicine Leadership and Mentoring Institute, which is specifically geared to the needs of mid-career and senior faculty. This one-year program will start in January, 2018.


Mentoring and career planning for mid-career faculty and those in leadership roles is often overlooked. The majority of faculty at U.S. medical schools report mentoring to be infrequent or inadequate. To address this need, while avoiding some of the well-documented issues with traditional one-to-one mentoring, our registrants will be deeply immersed in a facilitated peer group mentoring process, which has proven in our hands to be highly and reliably effective. The program will energize faculty for success in their professional careers and should be valuable for those already in leadership roles, as well as those considering such responsibilities.

Participants will work closely with a group of peers from different institutions during a yearlong course that will convene for quarterly two-day intensive and enjoyable meetings on the Brandeis University campus in the metro Boston area.

Eligibility of Participants

  • Mid-career and senior faculty in academic medicine desiring to advance their careers into leadership roles
  • MD, PhD, or equivalent advanced degree

Physicians and scientists from all departments in academic health centers are welcome to apply. We encourage the participation of colleagues from the same institution or department. Participation will be limited to no more than 20 faculty. To be selected for admission to the program, applicants must commit to attend all four sessions.

Courage-027Program Objectives

Participating faculty will:

  • Collaborate in a yearlong peer group mentoring experience for career development aligned with personal core values
  • Experience a lively, inclusive and trustworthy culture of learning, creativity and scholarship
  • Receive guidance for career fulfillment and advancement
  • Construct an academic development plan for each participant to successfully achieve career and personal goals
  • Develop skills in leadership, team-building, collaboration, mindfulness, meaningful dialogue, fostering diversity and inclusion, and other skills crucial for those seeking a greater leadership role in research, education, or health services
  • Develop skills for mentoring others.

Program Structure and Design Principles

This mentoring program is designed as a learning community that emphasizes peer consultation and sharing of perspectives and expertise. During each daylong session, the group of participants will engage in a structured process of career development, as well as learn skills in key areas for career advancement. All sessions will bring formal attention to the culture and communication within the group. Meetings are designed to embody characteristics of the culture needed in medical schools to support relationship formation, alignment of personal core values and professional goals, and meaningful careers. The facilitated group process will be characterized by non-hierarchical peer relationships, self-direction and reflection. The sessions will employ experiential and cognitive learning methods, reflective practices and innovative dialogue strategies.

Each participant will be guided through the steps of formulating a written personal Academic Development Plan that will include long and short-term objectives, and the means to accomplish the identified goals. Participants will not only learn skills relevant to their careers, but also have the opportunity to experience new learning methods and mentoring skills they can utilize in their work.

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Meet the Program Directors

Dr. Linda PololiLinda-Pololi is Senior Scientist at Brandeis University and Director, the National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine: C – Change (for culture change). Dedicated to improving the culture of academic medicine through research and action, C – Change aims to promote an inclusive, affirming, relational working environment for all faculty and trainees, and to increase diversity of leadership in academic medicine. Dr. Pololi is nationally recognized for her research on the culture of academic medicine and for her innovative contributions to the professional and personal development of faculty in academic medicine. She developed (and is a leading proponent of) an evidence-based collaborative peer group approach to mentoring and leadership development that is predictably reliable in facilitating career enhancement for medical faculty. Her recent multi-institutional research on the academic medical environment showed the importance of the “culture” to faculty vitality (the topic of her recent book), challenging academic leaders to be change agents. The C – Change Surveys for medical faculty, residents and students have been used by many medical schools in the USA, Canada and the UK. Prior to C – Change, she was funded by US DHHS as Founding Director to establish one of four vanguard National Centers of Leadership in Academic Medicine.  She is a trained facilitator for the Center for Courage and Renewal, and for the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. Dr. Pololi was the recipient of the 2011 AAMC Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award.

A lifelong learner and passionate teacher, Dr. Sally Z. Hare is Coastal Carolina University Singleton Distinguished Professor Emerita and president of still learning, inc. During her decade as Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education at Coastal, she valued being able to create space for teachers and school leaders to do meaningful graduate work that really supported and enhanced their lives and jobs. She has been a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and has also worked for more than 20 years with Circles of Trust® and The Courage to Teach® and the Courage to Lead®. She recently received the prestigious Coastal Carolina University Medallion Award – and has also received the Teacher-Scholar Award from Coastal Carolina University as well as the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Woman of South Carolina. Currently, Sally’s work moves out into the world through still learning, inc, which she has created with her husband and partner, parent and family life educator and author Jim R. Rogers. Sally is dedicated to the creating the space for lifelong learning at the intersection of learning and community, the point at which she understands adult learning to take place.


Registration Information

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Tuition for this yearlong program is $5,450 and includes all session tuition fees, course materials, and meals.

Application and CV must be submitted by May 15, 2017.

Participant selection and notification will be completed by June 15, 2017.

Program Location, Accommodation and Travel

All sessions of this program will be held on the Brandeis University campus, Waltham, Massachusetts. A limited number of low-cost lodging rooms are available on campus at Brandeis. Accommodation will also be available at a nearby hotel.

The closest airport is Boston Logan airport and Amtrak trains stop at RTE 128, which is about a 20 minute drive from Brandeis University. Brandeis is also serviced by the MBTA commuter rail and local buses. Detailed travel information will be provided to participants.


Please contact tel: 781-736-8120 or Dr. Pololi at with any questions.

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