We are pleased to announce that Eric B. Bass, MD, MPH, has been selected to serve as the department’s Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Promotions effective August 15.

Dr. Bass is extremely well qualified to address the challenges that faculty face regardless of whether they are primarily investigators, educators or clinicians. As a member of the faculty since 1989, he has been successful in conducting scholarly work as an investigator and educator, while maintaining an active clinical practice as a general internist and being involved in clinical quality improvement efforts. He has a long-standing interest in faculty development, having served as a co-director of the Faculty Development Program in Curriculum Development for six years. He served as the director of the General Internal Medicine Fellowship for 15 years mentoring people interested in careers as clinician-investigators or clinician-educators.

As the director of the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) for many years, he has led numerous multidisciplinary projects, working with faculty throughout the department and the School of Medicine, and has great appreciation of the unique methodological challenges that arise in different areas of clinical research. As the editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and founding editor of Progress in Community Health Partnerships, he has substantial expertise in helping colleagues learn how to write first-class scholarly papers. As a member of the medical school’s Professorial Promotions Committee for several years, he is familiar with how the committee applies the Gold Book criteria for promotion to candidates on different pathways, including basic science research, clinical research, public health research, education, quality improvement and program building. Dr. Bass will begin by meeting with division directors individually to discuss how we can make best use of each division’s annual review of faculty to ensure that every faculty member has a well-conceived plan and appropriate support for achieving career goals and academic promotion.

Dr. Bass will be meeting with other departmental leaders including the Vice Chairs for Education and Research and the Associate Vice-Chairs for Diversity and Inclusion and Women’s Careers in Academic Medicine to identify opportunities for strengthening faculty development across the entire spectrum of scholarly work performed by members of the department.  Dr. Bass aims to maximize the impact of each faculty member’s work and to encourage all faculty to pursue leadership opportunities available to them. By emphasizing impact and leadership, we will be able to help faculty gain recognition for their academic contributions and thereby meet their goals for promotion.

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