UNC School of Medicine holds orientation for new faculty

On Oct. 20, an orientation session was held for new members of the UNC School of Medicine faculty. The new members of the Carolina family had the opportunity to meet with each other and leaders from across the School of Medicine.

UNC School of Medicine holds orientation for new faculty click to enlarge Dr. Roper welcomes attendees at New Faculty Orientation

On Oct. 20, nearly 80 new faculty members gathered in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History for a new faculty orientation hosted by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development.

The afternoon started with lunch and networking as new members of the faculty were able to interact with fellow faculty across departments as well as department chairs and School of Medicine administration. Then, there was an official welcome from William L. Roper, MD, MPH, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health Care. The new faculty also heard from other School of Medicine and UNC Health Care leaders about topics ranging from the makeup of the UNC Health Care system, the TEC curriculum, diversity initiatives, and efforts to promote physician wellness.

They got tips on professional development and were introduced to UNC’s tenure and promotion system. Then, a range of exhibitors and speakers explained how the School of Medicine works with faculty from research promotion, to core facilities, communications, and the resources available through the Health Sciences Library.

The day ended with a speed mentoring session.

In all, the 78 new faculty members, representing 23 different departments across the School of Medicine, heard from 33 different speakers who covering a range of offices and resources. Following the orientation, many of the new faculty members attended the annual Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture.

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Academic Development hosts events throughout the year, and is planning to make the faculty orientation a regular event. Future events will be advertised on the School of Medicine calendar and through the Vital Signs newsletter. Look for the next faculty orientation sometime early next year.