Educational Research and Scholarship : UMPIRE Faculty Development Program

UMPIRE Faculty Development Program

UMPIRE University of Miami Program In Research Education


UMPIRE, a mentored experiential research development program, will create research competencies among participating faculty and facilitate the creation of productive clinical and educational research teams that integrate fellows and residents. UMPIRE will expand the critical mass of faculty capable of successful mentoring and of developing an independent research career.


We seek to implement the University of Miami Research Education (UMPIRE) Program among selected faculty interested in developing the research skills needed for an academic career in clinical research or education research. This program expands and adapts the successful problem-based curriculum in existence for residents and fellows and facilitates the creation of multi-generational research teams based on shared interests. This program is led by Dr. Ana Palacio and Dr. Leonardo Tamariz.


UMPIRE has the following objectives:

  1. Develop faculty skills and competencies in a variety of research methods by harnessing the use of local resources for comparative effectiveness, educational outcomes, qualitative or health disparities research.
  2. Create a mentoring network that would strengthen the educational, clinical and health services research conducted.
  3. Increase the number of presentations, publications, career development awards and merit review grant proposals among mentees and mentors in the program.
  4. A long term goal is to create the critical mass of faculty conducting clinical or educational research and mentoring trainees, and to transform the approach UM divisions and programs have towards the generation of knowledge.

Specific Program information:

The program is a structured one year career development program which maximizes the use of existing resources of highly relevant local data and of faculty expertise.

  1. The program is a longitudinal course consisting of on-line modules, group workshops and individual mentoring sessions to assist faculty in the development and completion of their grants, abstracts or manuscripts. These sessions will be significantly more advanced that those offered to date to residents and fellows through the Resident Scholarly Activity Program. The sessions will include training on the development of specific aims for grants, the creation of data collection tools, the selection of validated instruments, the use of statistical software, the creation of publication ready tables and figures, etc. The program directors will serve as editors for the development of manuscripts or grants.
  2. The ideal participants are those who are interested in participating in the program for the development of a clinical or educational research career and who have support from their division chief or chair.
  3. Anticipated effort required to fully engage in the program is 10% effort.
  4. The program aims to select 6 junior faculty members in the first year.
  5. The program aims to match the participating junior faculty with residents or fellows interested in collaborating in their projects.

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