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Course: Career Catalyst – Sept. 2020-June 2021

Deadline: Friday, July 10, 2020
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Course: Career Catalyst

Session Dates: September 2020-June 2021
Application Deadline: July 10, 2020

Career Catalyst is a strategic, one-year mentoring program for early-career researchers. Participants in the program learn about the importance of establishing successful mentoring relationships that promote personal and professional satisfaction. Participants will:

  1. Understand how to create a successful mentee-mentor relationship.
  2. Learn the strategies involved in becoming an empowered mentee.
  3. Appreciate the need for a dynamic mentoring network.
  4. Understand how to promote career growth and development.


  • MD, PhD, or equivalent, with an interest in clinical and translational research
  • Instructors
  • Clinical residents and clinical fellows
  • Postdoctoral research fellows
  • Graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees

Time Commitment: 

  • Mentees accepted into the program must commit to fully participate in the following:
    • Two, one-hour meetings per month: October 2020-May 2021
    • Mentor/mentee meetings take place in small groups and will be scheduled for mutually convenient times
    • Three required events throughout the program for all mentees and mentors (all events will run from approximately 4:00-7:00pm on the Harvard Medical School campus):
      • Opening Event: Thursday, September 10, 2020
      • Mid-Year Event: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
      • Closing Event: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
    • Additional optional, in-person, and/or digital meetings offered throughout the year


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