Section I addresses the development of careers in academia and education, overall professional development, and writing for publication; it has chapters devoted to the problems and challenges facing women, minorities, and International Medical Graduates (IMGs). The career pathways are explained, rewards and pitfalls are detailed, and suggestions for fostering careers in academia and education (mentoring, teaching portfolio, etc.) are given. I especially liked the honest appraisal of the impact such careers can have on one's personal life, together with the examination of personal attributes often associated with success in a particular career pathway. The chapter on writing for publication is valuable for the junior faculty member, in that it demystifies the reviewing process for manuscripts and has very helpful strategies for facilitating publication. Issues concerning IMGs, minorities, and women, both in the context of training and faculty development, are well delineated and sensitively addressed.