Effective mentorship is a critical element in the process by which mentees achieve excellence in the design and management of clinical research, facilitating their growth as leaders in clinical and translational science. Mentors provide meaningful and invaluable guidance to trainees related to their career plans including help with the selection of a research project, research design, data collection, and analysis and feedback on written work including publications and grant applications. Mentors assist trainees in meeting personal and programmatic expectations and guide them toward independence and a successful career in academic medicine.

Mentoring is the single most important contributor to success of young investigators, and emerging evidence suggests that formal mentor training and team mentoring are effective (see our publication). Access to senior colleagues who have demonstrated a career of scientific prowess, are willing to facilitate, nurture and transfer the necessary behaviors for personal and professional growth, and understand the vicissitudes of academe and its institutions has been recognized as a vital factor for setting the stage for potentiating the career of the mentee.

For Trainees/Junior Investigators

  • Trainees must identify scientific and career/humanistic mentors
  • Trainees should meet with their mentors at least once per month
  • Trainees meet with program leadership at least twice per year to engage in programmatic mentorship
  • View Mentor Guidelines

For Mid-Level/Senior Faculty

  • Mentoring Excellence for Developing Leaders is a 9-month program designed for mid-level faculty to bolster mentoring skills
  • Consulting for mentor programs on campus or within departments is available on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Harmony Hilton with questions.