Quotes from Past Participants

“This program is so empowering and not just in theory but in practice as well – I have the tools to go forward.”

“After developing the Academic Development Plan, it was much easier for me to think through problems that I was facing in my research and to prioritize what was most important in my academic development.”

"This experience has truly been life changing for me."

“Seeing the threads throughout and how all the puzzle pieces fit together has been amazing. The scope of what we were all able to accomplish in those 8 days is really amazing. I will value this experience forever and am very grateful for having had the opportunity to participate.”

“It is heartening to know that there are colleagues searching as I am searching - for meaning, a sense of purpose that is bigger than what I routinely encounter or derive from day-to-day work.”

“It has definitely increased my vitality. I feel empowered to reflect and to look ahead.”

“Peer mentoring has been a revelation. This is a much more powerful model.”

"My way of truly offering thanks is to do my part to truly make a difference when it comes to enhancing cultural change in academic medicine."

“The guided and structured approaches to identify core values and strengths and the many reflective exercises have given me a much better understanding of misalignments in the past and a lot of ideas to pursue to achieve a much better integration.”

“I feel a part of something bigger than just what is going on at my local institution.”

“It has increased my vitality even during a challenging time in my career. Knowing that I had a supportive group with whom I could share my challenges gave me the strength to stand up for myself, stay true to my values, and to make decisions to protect myself and preserve my integrity.”

“The course did give me a newfound appreciation for the leadership qualities I would have to offer.”

“Practically everything we have done this year can and will be applied to what I envision and hope for regarding my future professional role.”

“I have a different, much clearer, view on mentoring than I had before participating in this course.”

“This program has been instrumental in my personal and leadership journey.”

“It has been a refreshing experience. We talk about things that are never discussed in my workplace, and in ways we never interact in my workplace.”

“It’s not the typical mentoring that I think most of us are familiar with, which is more related to technical skill and transactional skills, … this will help you get to the next level - ­ leadership and team building and professional advancement - to what we truly want to do, how we want to develop academically, and how to get there.”

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Culture Change in Academic Medicine

It is with great pleasure that we invite applications to the C - Change Mentoring and Leadership Institute specifically geared to the needs of mid-career faculty whose career aspirations include research. As an NIH study, this is a special opportunity to participate at almost no cost in a career development program valued at up to $10,000 for tuition ($6,000) and travel expenses.


Mentoring and career planning for mid-career faculty is often overlooked. The majority of faculty at U.S. medical schools report mentoring to be infrequent or inadequate. To address this need, while avoiding some of the well-documented issues with traditional one-to-one mentoring, our participants ("Fellows") will be deeply immersed in a facilitated peer group mentoring process. The Institute will provide mentoring to energize faculty for success and should be valuable for those transitioning to research independence and leadership.

During a yearlong course, participants will work closely with a cohort of peers from different academic institutions across the US, convening for five quarterly two-day intensive sessions that are designed to be both productive and enjoyable. We meet on the Brandeis University campus in the metro Boston area. Tuition, accommodation, and travel will be funded by C-Change.

Eligibility of Participants

  • Mid-career faculty from all departments in academic health centers in medical schools who wish to advance their careers and enhance their leadership roles
  • MD, PhD, or equivalent degree

Participation will be limited to no more than 20 faculty. To be selected for admission to the Institute fellowship, applicants must commit to attend all five sessions.

NIH Study of the C-Change Mentoring and Leadership Institute

The C-Change Mentoring & Leadership Institute is part of a research study funded by the NIH (Award Number U01GM132367) to assess the efficacy of the C-Change peer mentoring model.

Institute Objectives

Participating faculty will:

  • Collaborate in a yearlong peer group mentoring experience for career development closely aligned with personal core values
  • Experience a lively, inclusive and trustworthy culture of learning, creativity and scholarship
  • Receive guidance for career fulfillment and advancement
  • Construct a personalized individual academic development plan to successfully achieve career and personal goals
  • Develop skills in leadership, team-building, collaboration, mindfulness, meaningful dialogue, fostering diversity and inclusion, and other skills crucial for those seeking a greater leadership role in research, education, or health services
  • Develop skills for mentoring others.

Institute Director

Linda Pololi, MBBS, FRCP

See below for further information regarding the C - Change Mentoring and Leadership Institute.

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Institute Structure and Design Principles

This mentoring Institute is designed as a learning community that emphasizes peer consultation and sharing of perspectives and expertise. During each daylong session, the group of participants will engage in a structured process of career development, as well as learn skills in key areas for career advancement. All sessions will prioritize attention to the culture and communication within the group. Meetings are designed to embody characteristics of the culture needed in medical schools to support relationship formation, alignment of personal core values and professional goals, and meaningful careers. The facilitated group process will be characterized by non-hierarchical peer relationships, self-direction and reflection. The sessions will employ experiential and cognitive learning methods, reflective practices and innovative dialogue strategies.

Each participant will be guided through the steps of formulating a written personal Academic Development Plan that will include long and short-term objectives, and the means to accomplish the identified goals. Participants will not only learn skills relevant to their careers, but also have the opportunity to experience new learning methods and mentoring skills they can utilize in their work.
Institute Fees

All session tuition fee, course materials, accommodation and meals during the program will be funded by C-Change, and a travel allowance will be provided to Institute participants.

A partially refundable deposit of $750 will be due upon acceptance to the Institute to reserve a place. We will refund $500 to participants who have attended all sessions.


For additional questions, please contact Catherine Longwell:

Institute Location, Accommodation and Travel

All sessions of this Institute will be held on the Brandeis University campus in Waltham, Massachusetts. Accommodation will be provided at a nearby hotel or on campus. C-Change will provide a travel allowance. 

The closest airport is Boston Logan airport. Amtrak trains stop at RTE 128, which is about a 20 minute drive from Brandeis University. Brandeis is also serviced by the MBTA commuter rail and local buses. Detailed travel information will be provided to participants.

About the Institute Director

Dr. Linda Pololi, Distinguished Research Scientist at Brandeis University is Director of the National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine: C-Change (for culture change). Dr. Pololi received her medical training at the University of London, and prior to Brandeis was Professor of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Education. Dedicated to improving the culture of academic medicine through research and action, C-Change aims to facilitate an inclusive, affirming, relational working environment for faculty and trainees, and increase diversity of leadership in academic medicine. Dr. Pololi is internationally recognized for her research on the culture of academic medicine and for her innovative contributions to the professional and personal development of faculty in academic medicine. She is a leading proponent of an evidence-based collaborative peer group approach to mentoring and leadership development that facilitates career enhancement for medical faculty. Her recent research on the academic medical environment showed the importance of the culture to faculty vitality, challenging academic leaders to be change agents. Prior to C-Change, she was funded by US DHHS as Founding Director to establish one of four vanguard National Centers of Leadership in Academic Medicine. She is a certified facilitator for the Center for Courage and Renewal and for the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. Dr. Pololi was the recipient of the 2011 AAMC Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award.