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Office of Faculty Development and Advancement

The overarching mission of the DOM Office of Faculty Development and Advancement (OFDA) is to promote faculty success and efficacy through recruitment, integration, development, and professional advancement across the faculty continuum and throughout the career stages of individual faculty. Our efforts focus exclusively on faculty within the Department of Medicine, with support from faculty development teams in Faculty Affairs and the School of Medicine.

The OFDA supports its faculty members in their careers. In addition, we support medical school and university initiatives to recruit and retain a diverse faculty by working with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Office of Faculty Affairs. The OFDA hosts the department’s new faculty orientation and provides workshops and seminars to promote career development in clinical care, education, research, and leadership.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Promote the fulfillment of the Educational Strategic Plan’s learning and teaching principles through a comprehensive faculty development program that covers the continuum of medical education and that targets students, residents and faculty members.
  • Address faculty needs for professional development.
  • Support individual faculty in their roles as educators.
  • Help faculty in advancing their careers as medical educators by developing their educational contributions into scholarly work and educational scholarship, including assisting faculty with the design, implementation, analysis and dissemination of educational innovations, research projects and grants.
  • Promote the recognition of faculty educational contributions through faculty development.
  • Promote sharing of best practices among faculty members and affiliated teaching sites.

Our Team

Vikas Majithia, MD
Vikas Majithia, MD

The office is led by Vikas Majithia, MD, Professor of Medicine.

Vikas Majithia, MD, MPH, FACR, FACP
Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Advancement
Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology Division

Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Dr. Majithia currently serves as Division Director and Fellowship Program Director at division of Rheumatology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Rheumatologist at GV (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center Rheumatologist. Dr. Majithia completed his medical school at Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science in India, residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit Michigan and a fellowship in rheumatology at University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is the principal investigator on a number of clinical trials, longitudinal studies and has published more than 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and multiple book chapters. He has received many honors and accolades for his teaching and service including induction into Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence. He has current and previous service on a number of intra-mural committees. He currently serves on/ has served on multiple extra-mural committees which include those for American College of Rheumatology, American College of Physicians and American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dimitra Kefalogianni

Dimitra Kefalogianni
Project Manager II

Monica Watkins

Monica Watkins
Senior Education Administrator

Leadership Development Program

The Department of Medicine (DOM) Leadership Development Program (LDP) is designed for established and emerging DOM faculty who have demonstrated leadership capacity. The LDP uses a combination of didactic sessions, workshops and team projects to advance selected DOM faculty’s leadership competencies.


The Department of Medicine's mentoring efforts center on the importance of the mentoring relationship including: finding and selecting a mentor, maintaining and maximizing a mentor-mentee relationship, and developing mentorship-specific skills. As busy clinicians, researchers, and educators, mentoring is not “one size fits all" and the departmental mentoring program is comprised of multiple resources that aim to engage faculty at all levels of need.

Promotions and Tenure

Promotion and Tenure is the advancement process available to faculty within UMMC’s Department of Medicine (DOM) based on achievement in the academic mission areas.

In support of our faculty, we partner closely with many offices across the department, medical school and university.

Faculty Affairs

The Office of Faculty Affairs serves faculty members across the School of Medicine. It oversees faculty review and promotions and supports career development, mentoring, communication, faculty policy changes, gender equity and diversity.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion guides strategies for integrating diversity and promoting excellence into UMMC’s three mission areas – education, research and health care.