As a section, we provide several opportunities to reflect on your own career development each year.  The four primary avenues for these activities are our Annual Faculty Survey, Faculty Feedback Report, Hospital Medicine Milestone Self-Assessment and Five-Year Plan of the Year tools.

  • The Annual Faculty Survey gives us an anonymous perspective on our global performance as a section across several domains, including:
    • Job Satisfaction
    • Faculty & Career Development
    • Leadership Assessment
    • Wellness & Burnout
    • Service Line Evaluations
    • Free-text assessments of various initiatives started that year


  • The Faculty Feedback Report gives you a snapshot view of your past year including clinical metrics, teaching evaluations, and career development (based on self-assessment tools described below).  This 3-page report will also include personalized feedback based on your goals.


  • The Hospital Medicine Milestone Self-Assessment is a personal reflection tool that you can access at any time to assess your own growth across five different domains:
    • Confidence in Clinical Decision-Making
    • Clinical Efficiency
    • Navigating VUMCs Clinical Environment
    • Work-Life Balance/Integration
    • Niche Development

Within each domain, faculty can assess themselves on a 5-point Likert-type scale ranging from “New Faculty” through “Established Faculty” to “Faculty Mentor” with examples of behaviors in each milestone.  This, paired with the Five-Year Plan of the Year is a great starting point for any career development or mentorship meeting.

Milestone Self-Assessment Example:

  • The 5-Year Plan of the Year is our goal-setting tool and is built-in with the Milestone Self-Assessment.  With the rapidly changing landscape of Hospital Medicine, five-year plans often become obsolete before they are realized.  Having your plans become obsolete is ironically the goal of this tool.  Naming your goals and establishing steps to achieve them is the best way to ensure you’ll have new, unexpected, and exciting opportunities come your way.



The last 3 stops on the roadmap at the top of page represent a progression from sampling a breadth of career paths to exploring the depth of a particular niche – be it clinical (e.g. consult medicine, post-acute care, VTE prophylaxis practices) or nonclinical (e.g. health systems science, medical education).  This is not a mandatory pathway.  Many faculty prefer the variety of clinical challenges that come with a career in hospital medicine and don’t wish to pursue any further interests.  However, there is also evidence to suggest that the development of expertise leads to increased career satisfaction.  If so inclined, we’ll provide a personalized version of the roadmap.

  • Explore Possibilities – The landscape of opportunities is sprawling, diverse, and often siloed.  There are opportunities to explore interests within our section as well as at other levels, including institutional committees and project mentorship for residents and medical students.
  • Build Skills – As you aim to dig deeper into a particular niche, we’ll help identify specific training programs within VUMC, through national societies, or through advanced degrees & certifications.  See above for goal setting and below for mentorship.
  • Establish Expertise – Once you’ve gained experience, you will need a new set of skills to establish yourself as an expert.  These may include traditional academic skills such as writing and presenting, or they may include completely new skillsets such as intrapreneurship & entrepreneurship to ensure your ideas reach the right audiences.  We’ll help you identify the needed skills and were to hone them.



The mentorship program within VUMC Hospital Medicine is a matchmaking exercise built on the 5-Year Plan of the Year tool mentioned above.  We believe that the best approach for any individual faculty member is to have a team of mentors.  We recognize that the best mentor for a specific situation, interest, or project may be external to the section or even the institution and we will leverage our networks to establish those connections for you.  We view mentorship through 3 specific lenses:

  • Clinical Mentorship can come from any hospitalist with more VUMC-experience, not necessarily more career experience.  Whether it’s confidence in clinical decision-making, clinical efficiency or navigating the idiosyncrasies of a new clinical environment, we can match you with someone to help you through the natural evolution of being a new faculty member.
  • Career Advising Mentorship provides the broader perspective for your development.  This can come from anyone, but it will more than likely be from someone with more years of experience – though it may be someone outside of the section as external perspectives are often very insightful.  This type of relationship can help identify career interests and opportunities and navigate work-life balance/integration challenges.
  • Niche Mentorship may be longitudinal or episodic.  As you explore opportunities and career interests, we will help you identify individuals within and outside of the section to foster your continued growth.  These relationships may be strictly for a specific project, or they may end up looking more like career advising mentorship relationships.