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Our mission is to enhance career development skills for members of the Department of Pediatrics. Faculty learn skills and receive guidance in accessing resources for successful careers in academic medicine. The society is named in honor of Dr. Tom Hazinski and continues his legacy of encouraging faculty development.

Hazinski promoThe society is a small-group mentorship program open to all faculty in the department, regardless of academic track. It focuses on members not yet promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

The monthly meetings provide a framework for peer-mentorship and networking within the department though group discussions. Participants learn career development through discussions and reading materials about creating and maintaining a CV, mentorship, preparing for your career planning conference, and leadership.

Each group consists of 8 to 10 junior faculty with a senior faculty member serving as a facilitator. The group will meet monthly for 90 minutes at a designated time. Meetings are offered at a variety of times and locations to accommodate faculty schedules. The program has been active since 2011 with more than 85 junior faculty currently participating in the society.

Handouts for participants: Listing of resources and handouts. (VUNet ID required)

If you have questions about the Hazinski Society, contact Jill Simmons ( or another member of the steering committee (Scott Borinstein, Rebekah Brown, Joe Gigante, Geoffrey Fleming, Sarah Jaser, BC Paria, Jennifer Najjar, Maribeth Nicholson, Devang Pastakia, Ashley Shoemaker, Sara Zarnegar-Lumley, Dan Benedetti, or Jimmy Carlucci).


Junior Faculty Development Program Using Facilitated Peer Mentoring
An overview of the design and implementation process of the Hazinski Society for Faculty Development. The guide describes the steps of design, recruitment of both junior faculty participants and senior faculty facilitators, as well as the process of obtaining support from both departmental and division-specific leadership.

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