Upcoming Development Sessions

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Please mark the following dates on your calendars! Faculty should be excused from clinic and pager duty during the sessions. Please email Dr. Moran at moran001@umn.edu with your ideas and comments so that the program can be developed to be as useful and as meaningful as possible. 

Assistant Professor Meetings

Assistant Professor Meetings

All Assistant Professor meetings are from 12:00 - 4:00pm. Lunch is provided.

February 25th - Location TBD

May 7th - Location TBD

September 17th - Location TBD

Associate Professor Meetings

Associate Professor Meetings

All Associate Professor meetings are from 12:00 - 4:00pm. Lunch is provided. 

March 4th - Location TBD

October 1st - Location TBD

Professor Meeting

Professor Meeting

All Professor meetings are held from 5:00-8:00pm.


PhD Meeting

PhD Meeting


Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Sessions

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Sessions

Keeping It All Together
Priya Verghese & Johanna Scheurer

In this session the facilitators intend to guide an open discussion about living and working resiliently as academic pediatricians. Through sharing personal stories and evidence- or anecdotally-based resources, the following topics will be addressed:

  • How to say yes without saying no
  • Work-life integration
  • Maintaining a reflective practice
  • Diversity issues that affect well-being

Monday, March 11th, 12pm
Friday, April 19th, 12pm
Monday, June 3rd, 12pm

Is This Thing On? Easily Implementable Public Speaking Skills to Make Your Grand Rounds Grander
Mike Pitt

Jerry Seinfeld once pointed out that since more people are afraid of public speaking than dying, that means more people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy. Part of being an academic is skillfully disseminating your message, however, which often involves public speaking. In this session we’ll discuss several proven strategies to improve public speaking hitting on topics including when to use a script, when and how to use slides, and how to establish a cadence that promotes audience engagement. We’ll also review the seven deadly sins of public speaking and review how to avoid falling into temptation to commit them.

Tuesday, February 19th, 12pm
Wednesday, March 20th, 12pm
Thursday, April 18th, 12pm

Polishing Your CV: How to Best Capture your Academic Persona on Paper
Toni Moran

If seeing "send me your CV" in an email puts a pit in your stomach, or you find navigating University templates a frustrating exercise, than this session is for you. For as often as we are asked to maintain our CV - literally translated as our life's work - we are rarely given any advice on what kinds of work should be represented there and how. What is a visiting professorship? Did that talk I gave residents "count?" How far back should I go? Was that person technically a mentee? In this session, we'll discuss these questions and more including strategies to curate, refine, and maintain your CV as a way to showcase your academic persona on paper.

Tuesday, February 12th
Friday, April 12th

This P2P Will Be Epic - Epic Tips and Tricks for Providers
Rich Vehe

One of the most requested topics for faculty development is for providers to share tips and tricks to improve efficiency in Epic. Well request no more, the Epic P2P is here! In this sessions, we will discuss and share simple strategies to streamline your Epic experiences and shave clicks off your EHR time. Novices to experts welcome for this interactive discussion.

Thursday, February 21st, 12pm
Thursday, March 28th, 12pm
Thursday, April 25th, 12pm

RSVP to One or More of These Sessions and Receive a Calendar Invite

If you would like to facilitate a P2P Session on a topic of your choosing, or you can recommend someone who should, please email Mike Pitt (mbpitt@umn.edu).  


Drop in Writing Groups

Drop in Writing Groups

Several faculty who have been part of our peer writing group pilot suggested that having a drop in space on each side of campus would be helpful, as finding a quit place to write and blocking off the time on the calendar has proven invaluable. 

Accordingly, we have reserved a room on each bank for drop in writing groups, where we can block off some time to show up periodically and work on getting projects to the next level. 

We have reserved (here is a link to all dates and times) for these drop in writing groups

East Bank (717 Delaware, 370B)
Every other Monday Morning (9-noon) starting October 1
Every other Thursday Afternoon (1-4) starting October 4

West Bank (MB 624 East Building)
Every other Friday from 10-noon


If you'd like a calendar invite so the drop in times are on your calendar (no commitment necessary), please email which day/location you'd prefer to pedsfacdev@umn.edu. For those of us who have been doing peer writing groups, having the time on your calendar certainly helps. 

If we see this resource is being used, we'll start to order coffee/snacks for the sessions. 

Finally, if you'd like to join a dedicated peer writing group where you meet periodically with the same people to move projects along, please indicate so on this survey and we'll work on matchmaking.

For more information