The Schaffner Society is committed to supporting the careers of clinician educators (CEs) in the Department of Medicine. The Schaffner Society does this by providing services that assist CEs in their efforts to become outstanding clinicians, researchers, and educators. Each Division Chief is expected to support CE faculty with divisional functions (e.g. support of clinical centers) and divisional programs. The Schaffner Society exists to enhance CE careers in comprehensive and meaningful ways that extend far beyond these foundational activities. All CE faculty will be awarded membership in the Schaffner Society and offered access to Society resources.



Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD

Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD
Hugh Jackson Morgan Chair in Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine
Physician-in-Chief, VUMC

Jill Gilbert, MD

Jill Gilbert, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology
Vice Chair for Professional Development

Lisa Mendes, MD

Lisa Mendes, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Director, Schaffner Society


Each Division has a Schaffner Advisor to assist CE faculty in identifying activities that not only enrich their careers but also serve to benefit the overall medical enterprise and enhance the mission of the Department of Medicine. Click to view the names of Schaffner Advisors within each Division. 


In addition to Division resources, the Schaffner Society will provide additional career development activities for CE faculty including workshops, seminars, and career counseling to advance faculty skills and promote career growth. Please find a list of upcoming Schaffner workshops below. Please click on the link if you wish to register for a workshop or seminar.

Career Development Support

Members of the Schaffner Society may request career development meetings at any time. Please complete this form, and we will be in touch with you to arrange a meeting.