Early Career Coaching

Early Career Coaching (ECC) Program

The Early Career Coaching Program provides coaching to University of Utah Health early career faculty to cultivate a successful academic career. Early career faculty often do not have explicit guidance to effectively manage the course of their career and professional development. Early career attention is often dedicated to technical skills, such as clinical care or education. Individuals often react to program needs and available opportunities, but neglect deliberate planning and execution. Departments and divisions often struggle to implement effective coaching and mentoring programs because of a lack of resources and process expertise. This program facilitates early career faculty to develop their academic career with clarity and purpose.

Program Goal

The program goal is to increase participants’ clarity on professional direction, satisfaction, self-efficacy, academic productivity, promotion, and sense of community within the University of Utah.

Objectives of the Coaching Program

Early career faculty who complete the program will:

  • Demonstrate increased self-awareness and self-efficacy in their professional trajectory
  • Define goals supported by planning and skills development that build toward an overarching career vision
  • Connect with mentors and colleagues to develop a professional network and sense of community

Coaching within ECC

Faculty members in the School of Medicine in any track, at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, are eligible to serve as ECC coaches. Each coach is assigned to work with one early career faculty (generally within 5 years of their faculty appointment) member and is expected to meet with the assigned coachee monthly.

In this 6-month coaching engagement, early career faculty in the School of Medicine are partnered with a senior faculty coach. The program goal is to increase participants’ clarity on professional direction, satisfaction, self-efficacy, academic productivity, promotion, and sense of community within the University of Utah. Participants meet monthly with their coach to work through a structured coaching curriculum.

For more information, please contact Tony Tsai (tony.tsai@hsc.utah.edu).  

Resources

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Downloadable PDF of professional relections and coaching materials for the ECC program

UCAN Directors

Harriet Hopf, MD

CONTACT US

Sara Rose
Program Coordinator
Phone: 801-585-3439
Email: sara.rose@hsc.utah.edu