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UW Pediatrics

Early Career Faculty Coaching (ECC) Program

Early Career Faculty Coaches partner with ECC faculty, asking thought-provoking questions that help unlock their personal and professional potential.

About the Early Career Faculty Coaching Program

Our coaching program assists early career faculty in developing an academic career strategy by reflecting on their values and goals with the goal of improving their performance and career trajectory. 

As a new faculty member, you will have access to a scholarship oversight committee, which provides valuable insight and guidance to ensure that your academic goals align with the committee's objectives. 

The program pairs early career faculty (Coachee) with a senior faculty (Coach).  All coaches are trained by the Seattle Coaching Program. The program equips our coaches with the tools to support the coachees in achieving their professional goals. 


"Coaches work with Early Career Faculty to encourage self-reflection and help form actionable plans for improving performance and career trajectory."

Meet the Coaches

Erin Allen

Erin E. Allen, MHA

Vice Chair, Administration and Finance


In my role within the UW Pediatrics executive leadership team, I focus on effective operations and financial sustainability of the academic department. My goal in serving as a coach is to support you to enhance and build on strengths, interest, passion; make meaningful connections that will serve you and your goals, and to encourage you to pursue that what gives you results, energy, and meaning.

Aarti Bhat


I look at coaching as an honest conversation with one's own self, mediated and fascilited by an 'external' coach. Nothing new is added to the mix besides objective exploration in a compassionate and judgment-free setting. As physicians, there are multiple dimensions of our identity, our responsibilities, our challenges and how we respond to them. Coaching allows us all time to slow down and self-reflect. Being able to share and learn in this space with a colleague would be a great way to partner in growth and service.

Yolanda N. Evans

Yolanda N Evans, MD, MPH

Associate Professor Division Head


One of the aspects of my current role as Division Head that brings me the most joy is supporting faculty and staff in their career development. This includes ensuring each faculty member can explore interests (new and established),is encouraged to address challenges, and supported in successes and opportunities for growth. The skills of coaching include asking open questions, understanding why concerns are important enough to matter, exploring ideas for navigating challenges. These aspects of my role and coaching will allow me to help others thrive. I am excited to serve as a resource to empower individuals to lean into strengths, decrease inequity and support faculty in career success.

Eileen Klein

Eileen J. Klein, MD, MPH

Professor Associate PEM Head for Faculty Affairs and Development PECARN, STELAR node PI


The Coaching for Leaders Course gave me tools to enhance discussions I have with colleagues, mentees and others. I want to help those I meet with to clearly define their passions and goals thus helping to inform their career direction and life decisions.

Susan Marshall

Susan Marshall, MD

Professor Director, Medical Education, Seattle Children’s


I have immensely enjoyed and appreciated working with faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students as we navigate the professional and personal aspects of an academic career. As a pediatric pulmonologist, I have lived the challenges and demands of clinical work, scholarly pursuits and administrative responsibilities. I am also fully immersed in the world of medical education. Balancing work and home is a theme I know well (and aspire to!). I look forward to bringing coaching skills to enhance the personal and professional lives of my colleagues.

John McGuire

John K McGuire, MD

Division Chief Associate Professor


My experiences as a clinician, educational program director, clinical and basic science researcher, and Division Head provide me with perspectives on the challenges and experiences that faculty on all tracks, backgrounds, and career stages encounter in academic pediatrics. Formal coaching training has provided me with skills to support enable, and empower others to develop and refine their professional and personal goals, leadership, time management, and mentoring skills.

Esi Morgan*

Esi Morgan, MD, MSCE

Professor Division Head of Rheumatology


* Note: Esi Morgan is not currently accepting coachees.

Ndidiamaka Musa

Ndidiamaka L. Musa, MD

Professor Director, Internal Coaching Program


I help practicing physicians get from where they are to where they want to be, by exploring their strength and values to become a better version of themselves and unlock their potential, through coaching. Ndidi is a physician who discovered the transformational change that coaching brings to high stress high stakes environment. She is a certified coach who has successfully coached physicians at various levels of their career, and will help you navigate challenges, and seize opportunity using an approach of active listening and inquiry that enables you to harness your inner and external resources to develop goals and plans to achieve results.

I am a Professor of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, and a board certified Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist with over 30 years of experience in academic medicine and leadership. I have mentored and advised faculty at various levels of their career and sat on multiple SOCs for fellows and junior faculty. At a national and international level, I have made significant contributions to the field of Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care and served on National and international organizational boards in various capacities.

I am the Director of the UW Department of Pediatrics Internal Coaching Program and I'm working to establish a culture of coaching where everyone has access to this valuable resource of coaching to develop a successful academic career with clarity and purpose.

Cate Pihoker

Catherine Pihoker, MD

Professor Division Chief, Endocrinology


I am committed to helping the individual meet their potential in the manner that is most fulfilling and sustaining. I believe that coaching is a privilege, in which I build a trusting, collaborative relationship with my coachees. Through active listening and engagement, I strives to help coachees to recognize their inner strengths and values. A bit of a contemplative type myself, I encourages coachees in academic medicine to practice discernment—what are one’s priorities, personally and professionally at this point in their journey, and what brings the most joy. I have participated in coaching and leadership activities through Seattle Coach and through the Center for Courage and Renewal.

I am a Professor of Pediatrics and Division Head for Pediatric Endocrinology. My entire career has been in academic medicine, as a clinician, clinical investigator and leader. In addition to coaching and mentoring, I work to integrate research equitably and consistently into clinical care.

Joan Roberts


I am excited to take a walk, slow down and get to hear your thoughts on career directions. I have worked in critical care here at Seattle Children’s since 1999, and hope to help others have insight into the phases of academic medicine.

Brian Saelens

Brian E Saelens, PhD

Professor, Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Associate Division Head for Research at Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute


I have been on faculty at UW and Seattle Children’s since 2006. I have had the privilege to support, mentor, and collaborate with trainees and early career faculty particularly as they navigate establishing careers in pediatric health research. I continue to work on improving my coaching and mentoring - engaging in deep listening and partnering to identify strategies and actions that will help others achieve excellence and satisfaction in their work, family, and life goals.

Jack Salerno

Jack Salerno, MD

Associate Division Chief Professor


We are all aware of the steep learning curve when you're a new faculty member. But what happens when you accumulate knowledge and that learning curve begins to plateau? What are you going to do next? If you are interested in developing strategies to help you continue growing and improving, then coaching is for you!  At one point in my career I plateaued and a coach helped me identify what was important to me. Although moving from the familiar/comfortable to the unfamiliar was stressful, in the end it was invigorating and the skills that he instilled in me helped me stay focused, engaged, and values-driven.

I coached youth flag football and lacrosse for 6 years, and perhaps more importantly have done physician and leadership coaching for the past 8 years. I hope that we could partner to identify what matters to you, unlock your potential, and then hold you accountable to your new self!

Anne Slater

Anne C. Slater, MD

Clinical Professor


I have been on faculty at Seattle Children’s since 2009, and was recently promoted to clinical professor.

In addition to my clinical work in the ED, I am also passionate about working with and supporting my colleagues. Too often, those of us in medicine find ourselves de-motivated and burned out--not having enough time, energy, or focus to create a fulfilling career. For me, coaching offered a unique opportunity to re-define what I considered to be success, and to utilize my values to cultivate the career I wanted.

I’m excited to be among this group of coaches, and to offer others the same opportunity I had. My fellow physicians are amazing, and I want them to be able to unlock all of their potential to create a life they want.

Delphine Yung


I am a newly promoted professor in pediatric cardiology and have spent almost 20 years as the director of the pulmonary hypertension program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. I enjoy taking care of really sick patients, working with my top-notch team, contributing to clinical research and interacting with colleagues at the hospital and at other academic centers. However, I was part-time for 14 years while raising 4 children, which slowed my career and led to malaise. Since returning to full-time, I completed a faculty “boot camp” program, which helped me learn a better way to achieve my professional goals, including time management, finding mentors and being intentional about my goals. It helped to increase my job satisfaction and to look for other areas that I find rewarding. Since then, I have become excited to help others who may be in a similar position to where I was.

I hope the skills I am learning in the coaching program will help my colleagues reach their full potential and prevent burn-out in those most at risk, such as those who are historically under-represented and with a smaller support group.

Program Goals & Objectives

Our coaching program helps coachees make career decisions aligned with their values and goals. Participants will gain clarity on their professional direction and improve their satisfaction, self-efficacy, academic productivity, promotion, and sense of community.

Early career faculty who complete the program will:

  • Demonstrate increased self-awareness and self-efficacy in their professional trajectory.

  • Define goals supported by planning and skills development that build toward an overarching career vision.

After going through the coaching program, coachees will develop a clear roadmap to achieve their short and long-term career goals. Coachees will witness an improvement in their self-awareness and self-efficacy, significantly aiding their professional development.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is coaching and how is it different from mentoring, sponsorship, and advising?

Coaching is a thought-provoking and creative process that is coachee-directed and time-limited. The process inspires growth and maximizes potential through clarifying questions.  On the other hand,

  • Mentoring: Provides information based on experience to guide your career development, long-term
  • Sponsorship: The sponsor is committed to promoting access to opportunities and takes proactive steps to achieve this goal.
  • Advising: The advisor advises on a specific event.
  • Scholarship Oversight Committee: A group of individuals to mentor and guide your career.
Why should I receive coaching?

Coaching involves asking open-ended questions to align purpose, passion, and goals, resulting in lasting outcomes and accountability. The coaching program helps faculty define and achieve career goals. Research indicates that coaching can be highly effective for individuals seeking career growth and development. Many leaders in academic medicine have recognized the value of coaching and have integrated it into their leadership development. 

What should I expect?

You should expect a monthly one-hour meeting with your coach to discuss your career goals and track your progress.  There is a 6-month committment.

Who may apply as a coachee?

If you are an Assistant Professor who has been here for a year you are eligible to apply.  Note that 15 applicants will be selected for participation. 

  What are the deadlines? And when do we start?

September 22, 2023 - Deadline for submitting application
September 29, 2023 - Notifications will be sent.
First week in October - Coaching begins.

Applications will open approximately every 6 months for a new cohort of coaches and coachees.


Do you have questions? Contact Ndidiamaka Musa.