Co-Directors of PROUD-MED: Call for Applications

(For Washington University School of Medicine Faculty)

The Washington University School of Medicine (SOM) and the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) seek co-directors for the Program for Underrepresented in Medicine for Equity and Diversity (PROUD-MED). This new initiative is funded, in part, for 5 years through the 2022 renewal of the Washington University Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). PROUD-MED provides research and career mentorship for clinical fellows on the Washington University Medical Campus. A specific goal is to accelerate the appointment and retention of underrepresented minority faculty members from the fellowship pool and enhance their individual professional development.

We will establish a 2-year program for late-stage clinical fellows (MD, DO) or very early faculty appointees in clinical departments focused on the recruitment and appointment of under-represented in medicine (URiM*) candidates to establish a career pathway in clinical and translational science research as faculty at the School of Medicine. 

The PROUD-MED initiative will include: 

  • an individualized mentored research experience focusing on personal career development plans;
  • “near-peer” mentoring to develop a community and support network for those URiM at our institution; 
  • guidance to funding opportunities with supports for grant development and review;
  • and programming to prepare cohorts for successful careers in clinical academic medicine.

The PROUD-MED program will interface with other innovative recruitment programs at our institution.

The co-directors will be responsible for the general oversight of the PROUD-MED initiative and supervision of a dedicated program manager (PM). They will split responsibilities for individual meetings with cohort members on career developments plans, clinical or research guidance, and planning for extramural grant application development/review; and serve as senior faculty guides for the MEDA (Mentorship to Enhance Diversity in Academia) program. Successful co-director applicants will interact closely with the ICTS Research Development Program and the Clinical Research Training Center for seminar planning, social events and grant development and will network with other CTSAs to support the initiative. With the PM, the co-directors will collect data to support metrics of programmatic success.

Applicants for the position will hold a faculty appointment at the medical school (assistant professor or above), with an MD, PhD, or MD/PhD degree and demonstrate research activity in the areas of clinical and translational science. We strongly encourage applications from URiM faculty. Competitive applicants will have experience with diversity, equity, inclusion work, training, and/or education, and evidence a strong commitment to mentoring URiM clinical fellows or early career URiM faculty at the SOM as an advocate for advancing their careers. Faculty must be able to commit a minimum of 10% of their effort to the program; applicants should realize that a deeper investment of time and effort will receive commensurate salary support. The PROUD-MED program is firmly committed to salary support and recognition of the dedicated effort of its co-directors.

Interested candidates should complete the co-director application form, which outlines their interest in this position. Specific instructions are found on the application form. Applications will be open until September 15 [5:00pm CT].

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* The AAMC definition of underrepresented in medicine (URiM) is:
“Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.”