The mission of the Utah Coaching and Advancement Network (UCAN) is to provide opportunities for trainees, faculty, and staff to promote professional effectiveness, career advancement, and a culture of caring and collegiality through coaching.
- To build capacity for providing professional effectiveness and career advancement coaching to trainees, faculty, and staff.
- To create a community of learning for faculty and staff interested in developing and practicing coaching skills.
- To provide a structure (a network) and opportunities for faculty and staff who are engaged in coaching or are interested in coaching that promotes the development of coaching capacity through a community learning model.
Upcoming Coaching Events
January 10th, 12th from 9:00am-10:00am
ECC Kickoff, January 18th, 2024 from 9:00am-1:00pm
MCC Kickoff, September 7, 2024 from 9:00am-1:00pm
February 11 from 11:00am-1:00pm
March 20 and 27, 2024 from 9:00am-12:00pm
Coaching Programs and Workshops
All first-year medical students are provided the opportunity to engage a faculty member in a longitudinal professional coaching relationship. Coaching dyads meet quarterly until graduation. Faculty of all ranks who are clinicians who are strongly engaged in medical student education are eligible to serve as RealMD coaches.
In this 6-month coaching engagement, early career faculty in the School of Medicine are partnered with a senior faculty coach. The program goal is to increase participants’ clarity on professional direction, satisfaction, self-efficacy, academic productivity, promotion, and sense of community within the University of Utah. Participants meet monthly with their coach to work through a structured coaching curriculum. Early career faculty members in the School of Medicine, generally within 5 years of their faculty appointment, are eligible to participate. Applications to the program are generally open in the spring and the program starts in the fall. Faculty members in the School of Medicine in any track, at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, are eligible to serve as ECC coaches. Each coach is assigned to work with one early career faculty member and is expected to meet with the assigned coachee monthly.
The Mid-Career Coaching Program provides coaching to University of Utah Health mid-career faculty to facilitate professional growth, career reinvention, and access to leadership roles. After an early career focus on developing professional identity, establishing a brand, and getting promoted, mid-career faculty often find themselves asking, “What is my legacy?” and “What’s next?” How can they refresh their work to sustain interest and enthusiasm? What leadership opportunities should they explore and what is required to get there?
Rapid Response Coaching: In an effort to support School of Medicine faculty during the Covid-19 pandemic, limited coaching engagements (3-6 months) are available for School of Medicine faculty members in any track or rank who have a need to re-evaluate their professional direction and academic productivity as a result of the pandemic. Submit a request. It generally takes about a week to select a coach and connect them with the requestor. For more urgent issues or those that are beyond the scope of a coaching engagement, the University offers an Employee Assistance Program.
We are often called upon to provide empathy and perspective to our colleagues in their careers through coaching. Most of us engage in some form of professional coaching, whether formally or informally. Through greater effectiveness in coaching, we develop our leadership and support our colleagues. This is a two half-day workshop for those who are interested in becoming more effective in coaching others. This training is meant to give you the fundamental skills in professional coaching. In each half-day session, we will be covering fundamental topics in professional coaching.
As a part of an academic career, there is an expectation of mentorship. Good mentorship is one of the most influential factors in one’s career. However, there is often very little training for mentors to understand what good mentoring is and how to mentor effectively. This training program will give mentors the basic skills to be an effective mentor. This workshop is for those who are currently mentors who would like to improve their mentoring effectiveness
We are often called upon to provide empathy and perspective to our colleagues in their careers through coaching. Most of us engage in some form of professional coaching, whether formally or informally. Through greater effectiveness in coaching, we develop our leadership and support our colleagues.
This workshop series is for faculty who are interested in developing their professional coaching skills. Each month, U-CAN will offer two opportunities for members of the coaching community to get together and practice their coaching skills through peer coaching on topics often encountered in coaching.