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Diverse research teams have been demonstrated to boost creativity and productivity yet is lacking in our current scientific workforce. Critical needs include both new methods for diversifying the workforce and better ways to assess their effectiveness. This year-long program seeks to jump start and drive the research journey of early career and aspiring faculty at UVA through education, coaching, mentoring and sponsorship, designed to support those researchers who are nationally underrepresented in clinical and translational science.

The iDRIV program consists of monthly 1.5-hour collaborative sessions on topics such as:

• finding research resources

• networking

• time management

• promoting oneself on social media

• giving effective presentations

• promotion & tenure

• difficult conversations

• writing productivity

In addition, the program requires all participants to take part in a proposal development workshop and medical writing course. Each session is a mix of presentations and panel discussions with opportunities for the participants to share their experiences. Through this mentorship program, we aim to improve career outcomes and work culture for URMs, thus diversifying and improving the quality of the research workforce.

For the 2021-2022 (August-July) cycle the following UVA School of Medicine departments are providing support for this program:

• Medicine

• Pathology

• Pediatrics

• Public Health Sciences

• Surgery

Eligibility: Participants must meet the following:

1. Fellows, Clinical Instructor, Assistant Professor, Early Associate Professor (<5 years) and Post-Doctoral Candidates

2. Committed to a career in clinical, basic or translational research

3. Meet the NIH definition of underrepresented persons in biomedical research NIH Definition


Program Director: Sana Syed, MD

Program Manager: Jennifer Phillips, RN

*This program is currently only available at UVA with plans for expansion to iTHRIV partner institutions in the future