Helping our faculty to thrive throughout their career is a priority for
UW School of Medicine.

We are developing a Faculty Coaching Program focused on professional development of our mid-career faculty given the positive impact on leadership development, well-being, and supporting them and their teams. This program is growth-oriented with a goal of improving job satisfaction and providing support for faculty at career transition points, particularly those who have moved into or are considering leadership roles.

We are currently selecting the first cohort of faculty to receive coaching and will notify applicants in the coming weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Faculty Coaching Program

What is coaching and how does it differ from mentoring?

A coach is trained to use inquiry as a central strategy to help clients co-create a vision and path to move to the next stage in their career. The relationship is confidential, short-term, and aimed to facilitate the client achieving their fullest potential through enhancing skills, self-awareness, and self-management In contrast to mentorship models, an academic coach may or may not have expertise in the realm of the self-identified need(s) in their client, but they are skilled at helping the client accurately reflect on their performance, their needs for growth, and gain insight into desired outcomes. Coaches help clients create specific action-oriented plans to achieve their goals while providing a space for accountability and re-assessment of their needs. Coaching has been found to be an effective strategy for organizations to build stronger teams and leaders but has been underutilized in academic medicine

Two additional resources to consider for those seeking other support are our Peer to Peer Program and CareLink.

Why should I get coaching?

The literature supports the ideal use of coaching for growth-focused career development.   A number of leaders in academic medicine (locally and across the country) have found executive coaching to be an important tool for their own leadership growth.  We recognize the need for ongoing external executive coaching for senior leadership throughout UW Medicine and feel this internal program complements various uses of external coaching.  This program responds to the identified need of professional growth for mid-career faculty leaders, to address barriers (e.g., cost, availability, and identification of the coaches with expertise in specific areas), and equity (i.e., accessibility for coaching across departments in the SoM).

If I am selected to receive coaching in this first year of the program, who will be my coach?

During the pilot phase of this program, we have a single UW SoM emeritus faculty member who is trained as a coach and will begin coaching immediately, for those seeking coaching in the immediate 6 months.

For those seeking coaching sometime beyond the immediate 6 months, you will have option to work with one of our trained faculty coaches after their training has completed.

What if I have different coaching needs or am not selected to receive coaching during the first year?

During this initial period, we will be examining the need and use of the SoM Coaching Program for faculty. We are interested in feedback as we continue to develop opportunities for all of our faculty across the School of Medicine and the WWAMI region. If you aren’t sure if this program will be the right fit for you, we encourage you to apply as that will give us a better idea of the needs of our faculty.

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I have a faculty colleague who is having a problem with professionalism; can a coach in this program be used for this reason?

No, this coaching program is for self-directed leadership development, well-being, and to support faculty thriving in their academic career. Response to remediation is outside the scope of this program and handled within School of Medicine departments.