To help our new faculty get a jumpstart on a successful academic career and to become a Leader in EM we have created a unique curriculum called EM-JAMs (Jumpstart in Academic Medicine). Broken into eleven monthly JAM sessions and optional slow-JAM sessions, faculty members participate in interactive sessions with Department and School leaders covering everything from managing conflict, to mentoring medical students. Are you ready to JAM?

JAM Sessions

Clinical Culture
This session discusses common problems faculty encounter when starting a new job. During the session we outline the clinical expectations of new faculty and what their physician and nursing colleagues value. This session involves panelists of clinical faculty from each clinical site and a separate panel of nurses from each clinical site.

Giving Effective Feedback
This session has participants take the DISC profile and identify their communication style. Participants learn how this can influence how they give and receive feedback. In addition, participants discuss the resident evaluation form at IU and what constitutes constructive and non-constructive feedback.

Conflict Management
Participants will learn the successful negotiating principles identified by Ulry and Fisher and how to use them in negotiations to come up with mutually beneficial outcomes.

Time Management
During this session participants will learn how to use email effectively and courteously. In addition, they will have completed an online time management program to understand their deficiencies. They will then discuss tips to do each of the following better: Goal Setting, Prioritization (using Covey quadrants), Managing interruptions, Stop procrastinating, Scheduling. As part of this we will discuss how to use calendars and how to schedule your personal and professional life together. Lastly, we will discuss how multitasking is a lie.

Scholarship: It’s a report not Moby Dick
Participants will learn the importance of scholarship in an academic career. Furthermore, they will learn the critical components of a scientific manuscript and how by following a relatively simple step-wise approach they can easily convert their results into a published paper.

Academic Smorgasbord
At the end of this session participants will understand the University’s requirements for promotion and tenure and how to capture and store the necessary documents for a dossier. In addition, participants will be introduced to the departments project based mentoring program and how to be a successful mentee. The third part of the program will outline the academic expectations of new faculty and what will be reviewed at their annual review. The fourth part, we will discuss the importance of developing a personalized professional development plan, and lastly a short didactic on how to give an effective presentation will be given as a prelude to the next session.

Giving effective presentations
Participants will give a 3-min didactic on a topic of their choosing. They will then receive specific feedback on their presentation style, use of supporting materials, and non-verbal communication. Participants will then work with other members to help develop ideas for a 20-min grandrounds. At a later date they will give their 20 min talk to a panel of three faculty who will give feedback and advice. Lastly the will present their grandrounds in April with a post presentation review and feedback.

Advising medical students
Faculty will learn about specialty and residency program selection with medical students. They will learn how to write an effective Deans letter and letter of recommendation. Lastly, they will develop strategies on how to advise the “difficult” student. As part of this each new faculty is assigned to a senior faculty and they will together advise a medical student interested in EM.

Service and committees
Here participants learn of the importance of serving on committees and how to align their work values and career goals with committee work. They will learn about what departmental, school, and national committees are available.

Work life balance
Using work from Kosskek and others, participants take a Worklife indicator and understand the behavior, identity and control aspects of balancing work and life commitments. The will furthermore discuss the pros and cons of each of the different work life styles.

During this session a School or Hospital leader will discuss how they got to where they are in their career and what early career leadership opportunities shaped their path. Participants will then discuss the traits of great leaders in their lives and compare the aggregate to those identified by Jim Collins in “Good to Great”. Lastly, each participant will give example of a time when they have lead something.

Slow JAM Sessions


Promotion and Tenure Workshop
Each year the Office of Faculty Affairs in collaboration with the School Promotion and Tenure Committee offers workshops that outline P&T processes and expectations.

Academy of Teaching Scholars
The Indiana University School of Medicine Academy of Teaching Scholars is in development to advance the stature, quality, and innovation within all aspects of teaching throughout the school.

Endnote Tutorial
They will schedule a one-on-one session with the school librarian to learn how to use the reference software Endnote.

Cloud Computing
They will schedule a one-on-one session with a school information technologist to learn how to utilize the schools cloud computing and information sharing programs.


Faculty Enrichment and Education Development, FEED, is a series of workshops on key topics in faculty development. FEED provides an opportunity for faculty to learn in a collegial environment.

Gopen Writing Workshop
This is an outstanding program that has helped both new and veteran researchers improve their scientific writing in this workshop that is presented by a nationally-recognized, highly sought-after expert in this area. Analyses and critiques of scientific writing samples are also available on an individual basis.

Writing Winning Grants
This seminar comprehensively addresses both conceptual and practical aspects that are associated with the grant writing process, often called “grantsmanship”. This program is quite appropriate for faculty members who are contemplating a competitive application to federal or state agencies and foundations in either basic science or clinical research.

Research Boot Camp
Lead by EM faculty Alice Mitchell this is an intensive hands-on series of 8 research workshops providing faculty and fellows with the skills necessary to start a research project.

Writing a Research Abstract
Short session on how SAEM grades abstracts and how to use this session in writing yours. Lead by Daren Beam monthly department research meeting month before SAEM abstracts due (typically December). An announcement will go out before the session.

Creating Effective Posters
Short session on how to present an effective research poster. Lead by Dan Rusyniak at the monthly department research meeting a month before the SAEM meeting (typically April). An announcement will go out before the session.

Serve as EBM Small Group Leader
An EBM course is offered to IUSM medical students as a short introduction to the principles of integration of evidence, experience, and values in clinical decision-making. It runs the first month of the first year fall semester.

Stepping Stones Leadership Series
Each year OFAPD and the Women’s advisory council have a series of lunch workshops on leadership.

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