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Building Your Success in Academia

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Preparing for a Successful Academic Career

Video Length: 10 minutes

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Description:

Professional development is instrumental in promoting faculty success. These videos offer professional insight from Valerie N. Williams, Ph. D., M.P.A., for individuals interested in or just starting an academic career. Interviewed by Brandi Kaye Freeman, M.D., Dr. Williams offers young faculty strategies to prepare for developing pathways for success in academic medicine.

Valerie N. Williams, Ph. D., M.P.A., is the vice provost for academic affairs and faculty development for the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Williams serves as the principal investigator and director for the Center for Learning and Leadership/University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. Dr. Williams’ principal teaching and coaching roles include long-standing work with health sciences center early and mid-career faculty members. She has served as faculty member for the AAMC's professional development program for women in medicine (early and mid-career seminars), for the AAMC's Minority Faculty Professional Development program, and as a coach and faculty member for the AAMC's Team Works! program. She is a past-chair for the AAMC's Group on Faculty Affairs, and is an elected member of the AAMC's board of directors and currently serves as past chair. In 2014, she received the Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award from the AAMC's Group on Faculty Affairs.

Brandi Kaye Freeman, M.D., is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and director of research for the Pediatric Call Center at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. She completed pediatric residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and training in health policy and health services research through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She has served the Student National Medical Association as national president and the National Medical Association as postgraduate physician trustee. Dr. Freeman’s research interests include health disparities, the use of technology to improve communication between physicians and parents/patients and physician workforce diversity.

Learning Objectives:

Dr. Freeman interviews Dr. Williams for advice on how junior faculty members can succeed in academia. Topics include:

  • Setting goals in relation to work responsibilities.
  • Understanding the importance of staying informed about the educational environment.
  • Understanding the importance of receiving feedback from learners as a form of self-reflection
  • Understanding the significant role of mentors, risk taking, and taking leadership initiative.

Presenters:

Valerie N. Williams, PhD, MPA
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Principal Investigator and Director
Center for Learning and Leadership/University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service
Brandi Kaye Freeman, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Director of Research
Pediatric Call Center at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado