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Leadership Immersion Program

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Leadership Immersion Program for the Department of Internal Medicine. This intensive, 2-year program is intended for faculty who show strong leadership potential and interest, with a focus on women and underrepresented groups in medicine. 

Program Description

The 2-year program will consist of leadership mentoring and coaching, immersion in leadership activities, community building, and elective leadership and other trainings. Common components that all participants will experience include:

  • Mentoring. The participating faculty will choose a leadership mentor, either their Division Chief or another University leader. Division Chiefs will work with their candidate to select an appropriate mentor and serve in that role if requested. Mentorship will consist of regular 1:1 meetings (at least quarterly) with discussion and tracking of specific leadership goals and needs.
  • Immersion. Participating faculty will engage in their leadership role during the course of the program, with the program providing the opportunity to receive advice, guidance, and mentoring from Chiefs and their peers to address questions and challenges that arise from their leadership role.
  • Community. Participants will engage in community building activities that also provide opportunities to meet and network with their peers and other leaders in the department. These activities include a regular Leadership Journal Club, quarterly social dinners, and an annual leadership retreat held off- site for additional training and community building.


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Dr. Michael Rubin

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Goals of the program

  1. Promoting academic leadership development with an emphasis on women and POC faculty
  2. Providing intensive, practical leadership training for promising faculty
  3. Fostering more cross-divisional camaraderie among participants
  4.  Integrating existing internal and external training opportunities into a semi-formal "curriculum"
  5. Creating a pipeline of internal medicine leaders for the department, SOM, UofU Health, and national organizations
  6. Generating a national reputation for developing well-prepared academic leaders

Eligibility and Nomination


Division Chiefs are asked to nominate one faculty member from their division who shows strong interest in and aptitude for academic leadership, with a strong preference for nominations of women or individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine. Faculty candidates should be at either the late-Assistant Professor stage (at rank for at least 5 years) or the early Associate Professor stage (at rank for 5 years or less). Faculty from all academic tracks are welcome.


Faculty nominated for participation in the program should either recently have been appointed to a leadership role at the University (e.g., within the last 1-2 years), or should be assigned a new, formal leadership role and title during their participation in the program. The leadership role should come with paid effort of at least 5% FTE to support their work and participation in the program.

Optional/Elective Components

The program will also include optional or elective components that each participant can choose to engage in during their 2 years in the program, based on their interests and needs. Participants will work with their mentors and program leaders to personalize their elective training plans at the start of the program. Some of the elective components will include:

  •  Coaching. Participants can elect to enroll in the University Mid-Career Coaching Program, an excellent and intensive 3-month program that consists of senior leadership coaching, peer coaching, and leadership interviews. Resources to support participation will be provided.
  • Skills Training. Participants will have a menu of short-term courses, seminars, and other training options available from among the various offerings here at the University. Some options will include training in academic medical center finances, formal mentor training, running effective meetings, and more. Participants will work with their mentors to select options appropriate to their goals.
  • Leadership Training. The program will help identify and support appropriate opportunities for leadership training both internal and external to the University. This would include participation in the University's Leadership Training series, leadership training courses at the School of Business or Intermountain Healthcare, and leadership seminars offered through the AAMC, among others. Participants will work with their mentors and program leaders to identify and arrange for opportunities appropriate to their goals.

Program Benefits

Upon completion of the 2-year program, participants will receive a formal certificate of completion and will be encouraged to include program completion on their CVs. Program leadership will work with participants and mentors to track progress toward their goals, satisfaction with the program, and long-term leadership outcomes. Our goal is that program graduates will be well-positioned for leadership positions locally and nationally, and we will continue to work with graduates and their mentors to identify appropriate leadership opportunities and promote them for new positions.