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Securing a Faculty Position: A Practical Guide for Residents, Fellows, Junior Faculty, and Their Mentors

  • Claibourne I. Dungy
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    Address correspondence to Claibourne I. Dungy, MD, MPH, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, 2627 JCP, The Children's Hospital of Iowa, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242-1083
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  • Thomas G. DeWitt
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    From the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (Dr Dungy), The Children's Hospital of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; the Division of General and Community Pediatrics (Dr DeWitt), Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio; and University of Alabama School of Medicine (Dr Nelson), Birmingham, Ala
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  • Kathleen G. Nelson
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    From the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (Dr Dungy), The Children's Hospital of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; the Division of General and Community Pediatrics (Dr DeWitt), Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio; and University of Alabama School of Medicine (Dr Nelson), Birmingham, Ala
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      Applying for a faculty position can appear to be a daunting project for many residents, fellows, and junior faculty due, in large part, to the lack of readily available information on the process of interviewing and negotiating for faculty appointment in academic medicine. Although this process may seem mystifying to first-time applicants, it has a structure. This article discusses the framework of the application process and recommends an action plan from initial contact to acceptance of an offer. Each step of the process is discussed. Guidelines are provided to assist applicants and their mentors to successfully manage these important steps.

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