The Advance-CTR Mentoring Training Program is a 9-hour, peer-driven program that provides faculty mentors with skills and techniques to enhance communication with their mentees and improve outcomes for professional development and success. The training provides mentors with an intellectual framework, the opportunity to experiment with various methods, and a forum to solve mentoring dilemmas with colleagues.

About the Program

This interactive training is adapted from a nationally recognized, evidence-based curriculum from the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) that is designed to help research mentors maximize the effectiveness of their mentoring relationships. The training process expands attendees' knowledge through case studies and secondhand exposure to the experiences of all participants, thus enabling attendees to engage with as many mentoring experiences as they would typically handle in a decade.

The published curriculum, Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Researchers, has been successfully tested via a multi-site randomized controlled trial (RCT) led by the University of Wisconsin Madison. 

Participants solve mentoring dilemmas and share strategies for success. 

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.

Mentoring Training Facilitators 

Each Advance-CTR Mentoring Training session is led by faculty from Brown University or the University of Rhode Island who are NRMN-trained facilitators. They develop customized mentoring training curricula and facilitate discussions of case studies and written mentoring tools at the training sessions. A key aim of the mentoring training is to build a community of mentors who can learn together and become more effective in their mentoring relationships. The primary role of the facilitators is to help the participants work through their thoughts and ideas and share mentoring strategies and experiences.

Meet the Mentor Facilitators 


The Advance-CTR Mentoring Training Program targets established faculty members who mentor early career faculty and/or postdoctoral fellows in clinical or translational research. Preference will be given to experienced mentors; however, junior faculty mentors are welcome to apply, as are mentors of all career stages who mentor graduate and undergraduate students.