Tetsuro Sakai, MD, PhD, MHA, FASA, Vice Chair for Professional Development
Our department is committed to helping every faculty member achieve their maximum potential. To this end, we have developed a series of faculty professional development programs.
Five-Minute Onboarding Manual Series for New Faculty
For new faculty members joining our department, a series of manuals has been created. Each manual concisely summarizes various academic aspects of teaching, scholarly activity, and faculty development.
In January 2020, we developed a formal department Mentor-Mentee Program. The initial target faculty members for this program include junior academic faculty and newly hired faculty members of the department.
Our Faculty Fellow Advanced Scholarship Training Program (FFAST) provides financial support for department faculty to pursue advanced degrees in health fields outside anesthesiology to launch subspecialty teams. These opportunities have led to innovative research on topics such as OR management, clinical and research predictive modeling, cost savings models, and OR staffing strategies.
Physician well-being has been recognized as an acute issue to be addressed. UPMC offers a number of physician wellness programs and AMA honors UPMC as one of 22 national medical organizations committing to cutting doctor burnout.