THRIVE @ Carver offers leadership skills sessions for early-career faculty

Date: Monday, September 12, 2022

A new Carver College of Medicine leadership skills and career development training program is now available for recently hired, early-career faculty.

THRIVE (Teaching, Health care, and Research Innovation through a Vibrant Environment) @ Carver was developed to help early-career faculty navigate the continual—and often rapid—changes in academic medicine.

"Recently hired faculty in the Carver College of Medicine have had their initial leadership and faculty development impacted by the pandemic’s lockdowns, social distancing, remote work, a stressful clinical work environment, and significant increase in health care demand," says THRIVE @ Carver course director Gerard Clancy, MD, senior associate dean for external affairs and professor of psychiatry. "This new course will provide pandemic-informed health care, medical education, and research leadership skills to succeed at the Carver College of Medicine in this fast-paced new environment."

THRIVE @ Carver goals include:

  • Inspiring confidence and motivation to innovate within UI Health Care’s tripartite mission and vision for care, research, and medical education for faculty early in their career development

  • Building new connections among early-career faculty and UI Health Care leadership

  • Improving recruitment and retention of early-career faculty at the Carver College of Medicine

Thrive @ Carver

Program model

  • Up to 20 early-career faculty will be selected as the inaugural THRIVE @ Carver Fellows

  • Didactic and pre-reading materials, webinar lectures, and podcasts will be available prior to the 14 in-person sessions.

  • In-person sessions consist of group discussions of the online materials and specific leadership skills development, followed by guided interviews with UI Health Care leaders.

  • Carver College of Medicine leadership interviews include Clancy and Drs. Brooks Jackson, Patricia Winokur, Peter Snyder, Doug Van Daele, Denise Martinez, Joseph Szot, Theresa Brennan, and Rob Piper. Leaders from University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics will also be included.

  • 28 hours of CEU/CME credits will be earned.

  • In-person sessions will be held from 5:30 p.m.–7 p.m. Dinner will be served.

  • Fellows will work as teams to develop proposals for innovations that improve the work environment within UI Health Care. This will be followed by "Shark Tank"-style presentations to UI Health Care leadership for consideration of funding and implementation of these innovations.

  • Fellows will also be required to develop a personal academic promotion plan of action.


  • Academic promotion
  • Effective mentors and mentorship

  • The future of post-pandemic health care, education, and research

  • Improving health disparities

  • Innovations in medical education, health care delivery, and research in a post-pandemic world

  • Innovations in health care quality and employee safety

  • Understanding finance
  • Early-career innovation funding opportunities

  • Informatics opportunities

  • Project development and management

Eligibility, applications, and program dates

All assistant professors of the Carver College of Medicine are eligible to apply. There is no cost to participants of academic departments.

Gerard Clancy, portrait
Dr. Gerard Clancy


  • Oct. 17: Applications due to Gerard P. Clancy, MD, THRIVE @ Carver Course Director.

    • Include curriculum vitae and one-page letter briefly describing applicant’s background followed by what the applicant will do with the skills gained from the program.

    • Send both by e-mail to and

  • Oct. 24: Inaugural Fellows announced.

  • Evening sessions, all 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.:

    • Nov. 17: Opening night with UI Health Care leadership

    • In-person learning sessions will take place:

      • Dec. 6 and 13

      • Jan. 10 and 19

      • Feb. 7 and 21

      • March 7 and 28 

      • April 4 and 25 

      • May 9

    • June 6 and 19: Presentations to UI Health Care leadership of UI Health Care innovation proposals