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Faculty Development

The Faculty Development Program (FDP) is led by Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D., Associate Director for Faculty Development, and is founded on the idea that junior faculty benefit from specific, content-oriented mentoring to promote scientific and career advancement, and to become the leaders of the next generation of academic researchers and physicians.

This program seeks to promote scientific excellence and career fulfillment for faculty within Sylvester. The cornerstone of this program is the mentoring relationship where all new and existing Sylvester junior faculty members, with a cancer-focused research component to their effort, are paired with qualified, vetted Sylvester mentors with similar research interests. These mentor pairings are made in collaboration with Sylvester research program leaders, departmental leadership and the director. To provide individualized support to our researchers, the FDP organizes Grant Review Panels for PIs submitting research grants. These GRPs provide for a scientific dialogue and evaluation of the proposed grant submission by a panel of mentors and peers. Additionally, we support a Junior Faculty Lecture Series, which provides an opportunity for mentees to present their research to the Sylvester community at large. These lectures are a beacon for collaborative potential. The FDP also arranges career enhancement forums, Faculty Development Forums, which facilitate in depth review and discussion of an individual’s research program and career goals. These Forums are opportunities to realize potential and identify areas where enhanced support is required.

Together these four aspects work to promote scientific excellence within Sylvester and provide junior faculty with the resources and guidance needed to help develop a successful research program.

Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program is a key component to faculty success at Sylvester. Annually, the junior faculty member, in consultation with his/her mentor, will develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to identify research goals and plans for the coming year.

To further our support of mentors and mentees the FDP organizes an annual Mentoring Workshop in collaboration with CFAR and CTSI. This workshop provides an in-depth evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of mentoring relationships, personal leadership styles which play a part in effective mentoring, and effective communication strategies.

In an effort to support collaborations outside of Sylvester, to enhance career growth, and for varied opportunities for research development, the FDP has a competitive grant competition to support travel and involvement in national and international scientific conferences and workshops. The Conference/Workshop Travel Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to those gainfully involved in research, with a funding base and record of publications. Many awardees are provided the opportunity to present their research to the greater academic and clinical community because of these awards.

The Clinical and Translational Science Initiative (CTSI):

Another research-community program at UM is the Clinical and the Translational Science Initiative (CTSI). The mission of CTSI is to promote interdisciplinary clinical and translational research and research training, to expedite scientific discovery and translation into evidence-based practice and community health, informed by our region’s diverse populations. The CTSI Community Engagement program under the leadership of Drs. Erin Kobetz and Olveen Carrasquillo, promotes academic, community and clinical partners. For more information, see

CTSI KL2 Scholar Program

The objective of the KL2 program is to develop outstanding independent researchers by providing a structured research training program under the guidance of individualized mentorship.

This mentored research program provides a structure that includes

  • An individualized research and career development plan
  • Educational programs suited to the mentee, including enrollment in and completion of an advanced degree in clinical research (if needed)
  • Experiential training with established faculty researchers as mentors
  • Supportive resources that include access to CTSI experts in epidemiology, research design, regulatory support, ethics, and biostatistics
  • Modest funds to cover research costs and/or expenses associated with tuition, training opportunities, and travel support for preceptorship in expert labs or to attend relevant scientific meetings

Eligible candidates must:

  • Have a doctoral degree
  • Be a full-time Assistant Professor (tenure or non-tenure track)
  • Commit a minimum of 75 percent of their time to research and research training over the award period

Previous Awards
CTSI K12 Awardees

For any inquiries about the KL2 Scholar program, please contact

Grant Review Panels

The Grant Review Panels (GRP) provide faculty members an opportunity to present overviews of planned grant submissions. Drafts of the grant applications are submitted to the panel prior to the meeting and the senior faculty on the panel are expected to read and provide written critiques, and participate in discussion at the panel.

Below are links to various support mechanisms for grant writing:

Junior Faculty Lecture Series

The Junior Faculty Lecture Series occurs monthly and is well attended by faculty and trainees. It provides a unique opportunity for informal critique and scientific discussion amongst junior and senior faculty members. There have been several productive collaborations that have resulted from these lectures.

Faculty Development Forums

Participants in the FDP are also invited to participate in a Faculty Development Forum, which provides a panel review of the faculty member’s research program. The panel provides guidance on long-term professional goals and growth as well as advice on research strategy and collaborations.

Opportunities for Fellows and Residents without faculty appointments:

Contact Information

Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D.
Associate Director for Faculty Development
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
William J. Harrington Chair in Hematology
Chief, Division of Hematology

Cynthia Thiry, M.S.
Office of Faculty Development