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Mentor Training Sessions

Join with another faculty to expand your mentoring skills and knowledge. New groups form at least twice a year. Please contact the CCTS to learn more and/or RSVP. The curriculum is covered in two, 3-hour sessions. We use the mentor training curriculum guide entitled Entering Mentoring, developed by investigators at the University of Wisconsin and 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

Planning Tools for Mentor/Mentee Pairs

An Individual Development Plan (IDP), long recommended by the Office of Postdoctoral Education, can facilitate dialogue between mentor and postdocs to plan goals for training and 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.  An individual development plan (IDP) helps you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best.

myIDP website provides:

  • Exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values
  • A list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests
  • A tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track
  • Articles and resources to guide you through the process

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

Additional Resources

The Mentoring Contract was developed for use in conjunction with an IDP to further formalize their mentoring relationship.

The University of Minnesota has developed Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring: An Online Curriculum for the Professional Development of Research Mentors.

The University of California San Francisco's Faculty Mentoring Program has online tools available (e.g. first meeting checklist, One Minute Mentor tips, Academy of Medical Educator's IDP).

The University of Wisconsin has additional resources available on their Research Mentoring site.

The Brigham and Women's Hospital Mentoring Tool Kit provides additional case studies and discussion material.

Read the article, Mentorship matters for the Biomedical workforce, by Sally Rockey, Deputy Direct of extramural research at the NIH.   

View Mentoring - What have we learned?  — Dr. David A. Rogers, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Co-Director, UAB Healthcare Leadership Academy