Building a foundation for future faculty & senior administrative leaders

Pre-Faculty Development

The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is dedicated to supporting diverse trainees in becoming the next generation of faculty and senior administrative leaders.  The office aims to achieve this goal through pre-faculty development “To provide trainees with foundational self-efficacy, knowledge, skills, and experiences to be successfully appointed, and eventually promoted and tenured within an academic institution (Sanchez JP and Williams V, 2019.)”

The office has been engaged in pre-faculty development since 2014 when Dr. Romero Leggott become a co-Principal Investigator of the Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians Initiative (BNGAP Inc.).

The collaboration between BNGAP, the UNM School of Medicine and the HSC Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion has yielded numerous achievements:

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine hosts BNGAP Academic Medicine Career Development Seminar, Winter 2015;

UNM faculty co-author seminal pre-faculty development publications;

  • Carolina Stefany Paredes Molina, Dennis J. Spencer, MD, PhD, Miguel Morcuende, MD, Maria Soto-Greene, MD, Karissa Culbreath, PhD, Leonor Corsino, MD, John P. Sánchez MD, MPH. An Introduction to Research Work, Scholarship, and Paving a Way to a Career in Academic Medicine. MedEdPORTAL. 2018 Feb 21;14:10686.
  • Maria Soto-Greene, MD, Karissa Culbreath, PhD, Daniel E. Guzman, John P. Sánchez, MD, MPH, Valerie Romero-Leggott, MD. Diversity and Inclusion in the Academic Medicine Workforce: Encouraging Medical Students and Residents to Consider Academic Careers. MedEdPORTAL. 2018 Feb 27;14:10689.

UNM SOM trainees (Ms. Mirella Galvan-De La Cruz, Dr. Christian Mateo Garcia, and Dr. Ashley Huff) are selected for prestigious BNGAP Pre-Faculty Award, September 2020 (video announcement available);

Under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Valerie Romero-Leggott, Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center become one of the inaugural members of the BNGAP National Center for Pre-Faculty Development, July 2020.

As an inaugural member of the National Center for Pre-Faculty Development, UNM DEI HSC trainees, faculty and staff are encouraged to become a BNGAP Member for FREE (CLICK HERE) and gain access to a number of valuable resources:

  1. Monthly pre-faculty development webinars (ATTACH DOCUMENT)
  2. Monthly pre-faculty development newsletters (Access Here)

Additionally, please email J.P. Sánchez MD, MPH, Executive Associate Vice Chancellor, UNM HSC DEI (, if you are interested in developing a BNGAP Chapter at UNM HSC and/or if you are interested in serving on the Planning Committee for the Engagement and Leadership Conference in Academic Medicine for Diverse Trainees, Spring 2021.