Course Goals

  • Understand the value of strong mentee-mentor relationships in career development
  • Identify professional and personal needs and how they influence mentoring relationships
  • Learn skills to become an empowered mentee
  • Understand the particular perspectives of the mentee in clinical and translational research, and team science
  • Explore challenges that arise in the mentee-mentor relationship and discuss strategies to approach these issues
  • Navigate the transition from mentee to mentor

Maximizing Mentee-Mentor Relationships: Empowering the Mentee helps emerging clinical and translational investigators navigate the complexities of the mentoring dynamic. Emphasizing the perspective of the mentee, this two-day course explores strategies for developing and maintaining successful mentoring relationships through case studies, lectures, and interactive sessions led by experienced mentors. Each session addresses critical issues such as expectations and responsibilities, pitfalls and challenges, and communication and career development. Participants will learn practical tools for empowering their own mentee-mentor relationships, and discuss the impact these relationships can have on both personal satisfaction and academic success.

Session dates

Harvard Catalyst in-person learning is suspended due to COVID-19 precautions. Please refer to Online Learning for current offerings.

Time commitment

Two days


Individuals who are early in their careers and interested in maximizing the benefit of mentee-mentor relationships. The course will focus on strategies and skills for empowering the mentee.

We believe that the research community is strengthened by understanding how a number of factors including gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, national origin, language, disability, and age shape the environment in which we live and work, affect each of our personal identities, and impacts all areas of human health.


  • 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 accepted as space permits


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Accreditation statement

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Harvard Catalyst Education Program’s policy requires full attendance and the completion of all activity surveys to be eligible for CME credit; no partial credit is allowed.


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