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COMmon Grounds

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COMmon Grounds - September 2023 - FAD

COMmon Grounds - March 2024

COMmon Grounds: Curriculum Vitae Workshop - May 15, 2023

Time: 2:00–4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)

This workshop aims to assist faculty with strengthening their CV while identifying gaps to address in preparation for academic career promotion. Each attendee will be paired with a senior faculty mentor who will review two CVs prior to the workshop. During the workshop, you will receive feedback and suggestions for improvement.

To complete registration, you are required to upload a recent version of your CV. We recommend following the Drexel University College of Medicine- Model Curriculum Vitae format. To give senior faculty mentors time to review your CV, we ask that you complete registration and upload your CV no later than Monday, May 1, 2023 at 5 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

COMmon Grounds – September 6 – 9, 2022

Tuesday, September 6, 2-3 p.m.
Realign, Refocus, Re-energize
Presenter: Michele Kutzler, PhD, Associate Dean for Faculty
Join Michele Kutzler, PhD, to realign, refocus, and re-energize! The mid to late career stage for faculty can be a stressful time of transition--from the increased expectation for clinical productivity, teaching hours, administrative and service burden, to maintaining research funds supporting salaries of staff and students. However, this transition can also be a chance to reflect, re-energize, and reimagine work and life. This COMmon Grounds presentation will guide participants through a high-level roadmap and practical first steps to move towards higher levels of intentionality and fulfillment in the mid to late stages of faculty careers.

Wednesday, September 7, 12-1 p.m.
Tenured Faculty Transition Policy
Presenter: Remy Van Wyck, Faculty Lifecycle, Office of Faculty Advancement
Please join us to learn about the Tenured Faculty Transition Policy. This policy, which has been in place since January 2019 provides options for tenured faculty members to transition to retirement from their tenured positions within the University. There will be a brief presentation of the policy and the options available to tenured faculty members followed by a Question-and-Answer Session.

Thursday, September 8, 10-11 a.m.
Drexel Retiree Benefits Overview
Presenters: Lauren Frankel and Kristin Bellemy, Senior Benefits Consultants, Drexel HR
Drexel Human Resources will present an overview of the benefits offered to Drexel retirees. During this session, we will discuss eligibility for retirement, Drexel retiree health plans and coordination with Medicare, and your retirement savings account. This session will also discuss support for adjusting to a new lifestyle in retirement as well as resources for exploring alternative medical coverage options through the marketplace.

Friday, September 9, 9-10 a.m.
Engaging with Financial Professionals
Presenter: Michael Clancy, MBA, CFP, CLU, Director of Financial Planning
Join Michael Clancy to learn about engaging with financial professionals (tax, legal, accounting, financial advisors, etc.)—feel free to submit any questions in advance to help guide the discussion!

COMmon Grounds – November 28 – December 2, 2022

Upcoming COMmon Grounds events for faculty at the instructor through assistant professor rank>

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Faculty Day – June 6, 2024

Faculty Day will take place on June 6, 2024 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 2024 Faculty Awards will be presented during the event.

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Community of Scholars

Presentations from the Community of Scholars are available. Please email for access information.

  • “Strategies for Obtaining NRSA Pre-doctoral Fellowships from the NIH” presented by Jacqueline Barker, PhD, June 16, 2022 [View Presentation]
  • “Research Mentoring of Medical Students - A Win-Win” presented by Karen M. Berkowitz, MD, October 28, 2021 [View Presentation]
  • “Communicating Your Science to a Lay Audience” presented by Glenn F. Rall, PhD, Professor and Chief Academic Officer, Fox Chase Cancer Center; Secondary Faculty Appointment in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Drexel University College of Medicine, April 8, 2021 [View Presentation]
  • “Strategies for Advancing Technologies From Bench to Bedside” presented by Sandhya Kortagere, PhD, December 10, 2020 [View Presentation]
  • “Tips for Writing an NIH Biosketch” presented by Meera Harhay, MD, October 22, 2020 [View Presentation]
  • “How to Make a Difference at the College of Medicine and Foster Your Own Promotion” April 23, 2020 [View Presentation]
  • “ABCs of Grant Writing” presented by Alison Carey, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology & Immunology, Drexel University Section Chief, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children [View Presentation]

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AAMC Leadership Development Opportunities

Each year the College of Medicine supports eligible faculty members to apply for attendance at AAMC leadership development programs. From the pool of internal applicants, one will be chosen to formally apply to the AAMC program.

Internal Application Process

The applicant must submit the following:

  • Updated CV in the College of Medicine format
  • Statement from the candidate that includes:
    • Description of present responsibilities
    • Accomplishments to date
    • Two- and five-year goals
    • Expectations for how the program will help the applicant achieve those goals
    • Mentorship plan for the applicant
  • Letter of support from the department chair

Complete applications must be submitted via the InfoReady application portals listed below. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Faculty at

Program Opportunities

Program Details

Who Should Apply

Internal Deadline

Women faculty at the instructor or assistant professor level.

Junior faculty of any gender (senior clinical and research fellows, instructors, and assistant professors) and postdocs (MD, DO/PhDs and PhDs) who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine.

Minority faculty at the associate professor level.

Women physicians and scientists at the associate professor level.

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