Hazinski Society for Junior Faculty Development

Our mission is to enhance career development skills for members of the Department of Pediatrics. Faculty learn skills and receive guidance in accessing resources for successful careers in academic medicine. The society is named in honor of Dr. Tom Hazinski and continues his legacy of encouraging faculty development.

The society is a small-group mentorship program open to all faculty in the department, regardless of academic track. It focuses on members not yet promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

Meeting Information

The monthly meetings provide a framework for peer-mentorship and networking within the department through group discussions. Participants learn career development through discussions and reading materials about creating and maintaining a CV, mentorship, preparing for your career planning conference, and leadership.

Each group consists of 8 to 10 junior faculty with a senior faculty member serving as a facilitator. The group will meet monthly for 90 minutes at a designated time. Meetings are offered at a variety of times and locations to accommodate faculty schedules. The program has been active since 2011 with more than 85 junior faculty currently participating in the society.


If you have questions about the Hazinski Society, please contact Jill Simmons at jill.h.simmons@vumc.org or another member of the steering committee.

Steering committee members include: