Applications for the Winter 2019 Advance-CTR Mentoring Trainings have closed. Upcoming trainings will be posted to this page and in the Advance-CTR weekly email newsletter.
The Advance-CTR Mentoring Training Program is a professional development opportunity for faculty who mentor junior investigators.
Through this 8-hour, peer-driven program, participants will learn how to improve their relationships with mentees and become more effective mentors to junior investigators as they grow their research careers.
About the Program
The program is based on a published curriculum, Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Researchers, which has been successfully tested via a multi-site randomized controlled trial (RCT) led by the University of Wisconsin Madison. It is now being used as a framework for training across the NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER). Findings from the RCT include:
• Trained mentors reported significantly higher learning gains as compared to the control. They also reported they had implemented more changes in their mentoring practice.
• 88% of seminar participants reported that the 8-hour seminar was a valuable use of their time and 90% said they would recommend it to a colleague.
• Mentees of trained mentors noted a greater number of positive changes in their mentoring relationship over the study period.
Pfund et al., Training Mentors of Clinical and Translational Research Scholars: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Acad Med. 2014;89:774–782.
How It Works
The Training Program uses a case-based approach to explore an intellectual framework for research mentoring, providing opportunities for reflection on mentoring skills and a interactive forum to solve mentoring dilemmas and share strategies for success. It covers the following themes:
- Aligning expectations
- Maintaining effective communication
- Assessing understanding
- Addressing equity and inclusion
- Fostering independence
- Promoting professional development
- Articulating your mentoring philosophy and plan
Mentoring Training Facilitators
Each training session will be co-facilitated by two faculty members from Brown University or the University of Rhode Island who were trained by NRMN on how to develop customized curricula, and guide discussions of case studies and mentoring tools. The facilitation process is designed to expand mentors' knowledge through secondhand exposure to the experiences of all training participants, thus enabling attendees to engage with as many mentoring experiences as they would typically handle in a decade. The primary role of the facilitators is to enable the participants to work through challenges they have faced as mentors, and share their experiences and strategies with the group. A key aim of the training sessions is to build a community of mentors who can learn together and become more effective in their mentoring relationships.
Who Should Apply
The training program targets faculty who mentor junior investigators who conduct clinical and translational research, which is broadly defined. Preference will be given to more senior mentors.