Tools for Your Mentoring Toolbox

Tools for Your Mentoring Toolbox

Entering Mentoring

Join with other junior faculty and engage in discussion of mentoring skills and situations through the use of Entering Mentoring curriculum. New groups form twice a year.  Curriculum is covered in two, 3-hour sessions. A new group is forming for October, 2014. Contact us to learn more.

Outstanding scientists (do not always) make outstanding mentors.

Competencies developed by the CTSA Mentoring Working Group are utilized within the mentor training curriculum guide entitled Entering Mentoring, Developed by investigators at the University of Wisconsin, it s is built around six main competencies:
  1. Maintaining effective communication
  2. Aligning expectations
  3. Assessing understanding
  4. Addressing equity and inclusion
  5. Fostering independence
  6. Promoting professional development

Mentoring - What have we learned?

David A. Rogers, MD,Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Co-Director of the UAB Healthcare Leadership Academy led a discussion of the mentoring survey completed at UAB in 2013.  New campus-wide opportunities for mentor training and tools for planning, were discussed.   The slidedeck is available here.
Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, UAB School of Nursing facilitated the 2014 panel discussion on mentoring.  View the Developing Mentoring notes from the session.  

Read the article, Mentorship matters for the biomedical workforceby Sally Rockey, Deputy Director of extramural research at the NIH.    

Annual UAB Mentoring Academy

This all-day event is for new and junior faculty from the entire UAB community.  Sessions will present information on mentoring competencies, models, processand strategies.  Case studies add to learning and provide for discussion with peers and seasoned mentors.  Class size is limited. 

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Education, email Dr. Lisa Schwiebert to register. 

Tools and Resources

An Individual Development Plan, long recommended by the Office of Postdoctoral Education, can facilitate dialogue between mentor and postdocs to plan goals for training. 

An IDP is now strongly encouraged by the NIH for every graduate student and postdoc supported by an NIH grant, regardless of funding mechanism. Learn how UAB is addressing the recommendation.

Like the MyIDP, the AAMC Careers in Medicine site is a starting point for clinically-focused investigators.

The Mentoring Contract was developed for use by those seeking to formalize their mentoring relationship.​