Academic DeVelopment, Advocacy, Networking, 
Coaching and Education for  Underrepresented



The School of Medicine Office for Faculty is now accepting applications for the ADVANCE-UP Faculty Development Program.  The program aims to provide unique enrichment activities designed to focus on challenges underrepresented faculty in medicine (URiM) encounter in academic medical centers. ADVANCE-UP ultimately seeks to create a network of scholars that will enhance the sense of community among underrepresented faculty, foster timely promotion, and increase representation in leadership positions. 


Applications for the 2019 ADVANCE-UP Program are now closed.

Program Overview

This year-long program includes a combination of full-day, half-day, and 1-2-hour sessions. Content focuses on personal career development planning, skill building, peer mentoring, coaching, and communication skills needed to navigate academic medicine. Sessions will include but are not limited to:

  • A Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) training focused on of how to manage interactions with diverse personality types
  • Perspective Taking in Being an URiM in an Academic Work Environment: What’s in an Image?
  • Mentoring workshop-how to be a good mentee, the power of peer mentoring, mentoring teams the how and why!
  • Kerfuffles, Conflicts and Misunderstandings
  • Leading Effective Conversations: A Deeper Dive for URiMs into Challenging Conversations
  • Stress Reduction and personal/professional balance
  • Career Advisory Panel: Finding your Path
  • An introduction to the Duke SOM Financial Structure
  • A Discussion with your Leaders: Chancellor Washington and Dean Klotman
  • Molding your leadership through a Coach Approach 



Who should apply

The ADVANCE-UP faculty development program is for School of Medicine faculty at the instructor or assistant professor level from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds including Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. It is expected that most applicants will be medical instructors or assistant professors, however, others will also be considered in special circumstances. We encourage both MDs and PhDs to apply.

Application and Selection Process

Participants will be competitively selected. The application is online and requests the following information:

  1. Basic demographic information
  2. NIH Biosketch or CV
  3. Short essay describing what you hope to accomplish or gain by participation in the ADVANCE-UP program (<300 words)
  4. Letter of support/recommendation from the applicant’s department chair or division chief, including assurance of protected time to attend all sessions.
  5. Applicant commitment to attend all program meetings (click here for dates)


Click here to apply



Participation in the year-long program costs $1,500. Payment should be made via departmental fund code transfer. This one-time payment will be used to cover all program expenses including the cost of the MBTI, speaker fees, facility costs, and program evaluation.

Who will pay the $1500 tuition cost?

Tuition can be paid via a transfer from a departmental or individual faculty member’s fund code. 

When will tuition be due?

The full program fee will be requested following successful acceptance into the program and prior to the start of the program sessions.  

What if I am concerned about the cost of tuition?

If the cost of tuition is a concern please contact Kevin Thomas,


Past Participants

Click here for a list of past participants 



Contact or 919-613-5209