Wayne State Empowerment for Academicians in Medicine (WE AIM)

The Wayne State Empowerment for Academicians in Medicine (WE AIM) focuses on empowering junior and mid‐ career level faculty of the Wayne State University School of Medicine and equipping them with the skills necessary for success within academic medicine. The program is run by The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and The Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development.

Enrollment for the WE AIM 2024 - 2025 session will open in June


  • Overview

    WE AIM consists of seven (7) sessions over the course of seven (7) months and addresses topics such as:

    • The culture of academic medicine and defining individual success
    • Formulating a career development plan
    • Communication and collaboration skills
    • Improving teaching and presentation skills
    • Preparing for promotion and tenure
    • Grant development and administration
    • Strategies of successful professional writing



  • Program Dates

    2023/2024 Session Dates (all dates 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted): 

    • Monday September 18, 2023
    • Monday October 16, 2023
    • Monday November 27, 2023
    • Monday December 11, 2023
    • Monday January 22, 2024
    • Monday February 12, 2024
    • Monday March 4, 2024
  • Who is Eligible

    Participation in the program is open to all faculty at the ranks of Assistant and Associate Professor, especially those who are underrepresented in medicine. Underrepresented refers to individuals who identify as members of groups “that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population." 

  • How to Apply

    A maximum of 9 individuals will be selected for the 2024 - 2025 cohort and will be chosen by a Selection Committee based upon a review of applicants’ application materials.

    Application Requirements:

    • A complete CV
    • An essay that addresses the individual’s professional goals, career trajectory, history (How did the applicant get to where he/she is now), and the top 3 to 5 challenges the individual is facing as an underrepresented minority faculty member in an academic medical center (page limit: 3 single line pages)
    • A letter of recommendation and support from the applicant’s department Chairperson and/or Division Chief

    Applicants need to attest to attending the full course and if selected to participate, the applicant agrees to remain in contact with the program Co‐Directors, through an annual interview and/or survey focused on participants’ professional growth and progress. Applicants are required to participate in the program and complete the required reading material.

    Fees: Applicants are required to pay a fee of $200 upon acceptance in the program to cover program material costs. 


  • Questions

    For additional information, please contact: Dena Nazer, MD FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics/ Wayne State University dnazer@med.wayne.edu