Why Choose Us
Faculty Development Plan
UMBC and UMSOM have significant expertise in developing programs to address barriers for URM students and trainees. All UM FIRST recruits will participate as a cohort in a faculty development plan modeled after the highly successful Meyerhoff Scholars Program at UMBC.
In a proven formula for success, the Meyerhoff Scholars Program is recognized nationally for preparing undergraduates of all backgrounds, with a focus on underrepresentation for careers as research scientists. The model focuses on the four key areas listed below. By adapting these four key areas to focus on the needs of early-stage investigators, we have developed a plan to support our new faculty hires and provide them with the resources to become successful independent investigators.
- Academic & Social Integration
- Monitoring & Advising
- Skill & Knowledge Development
- Support & Motivation
UMSOM and UMBC have developed a wide array of programs to increase the "pipeline" of students from groups underrepresented in health and science professions based on life experience who will become the next generation of scientists, physicians, and other health science professionals. These NIH-, NSF-, and privately funded programs support training and development of students ranging from middle school through post-graduate education, and feature partnerships with institutions ranging from Baltimore City Schools to area HBCUs. The scope and size of these programs will provide robust resources and a supportive community for FIRST faculty. Additionally, the programs will provide an opportunity for FIRST faculty to provide mentorship to the developing scientists from a wide-array of backgrounds.
With joint appointments between UMSOM and UMBC, all UM FIRST recruits will have access to cutting-edge, state-of-the-art resources available on both campuses.