Mentorship in Clinical and Translational Research

This comprehensive guide is a compilation of our most popular mentoring resources from our courses and programs. It is meant to support mentees and mentors at all stages in their career paths.


After exploring the information and activities throughout this guide, you will be able to:

  • Understand that mentoring relationships are valuable at every phase of a clinical and translational research career.
  • Recognize that mentoring needs and expectations evolve throughout career stages. 
  • Understand that knowing yourself (e.g. your goals, values, work styles, and definition of success) facilitates effective mentoring.
  • Understand that mentoring relationships have mutual responsibilities and benefits for both the mentee and mentor. 
  • Appreciate the need for a dynamic mentoring network.

Outline and Learning Outcomes

Understand Mentoring Needs

After navigating this section of the guide, you will be able to:

  • Recognize that mentoring supports career and life success.
  • Describe how mentoring needs evolve throughout a career.
  • Identify Harvard Catalyst programs that support mentorship. 
Know Yourself

After navigating this section of the guide, you will be able to:

  • Craft your personal definition of success. 
  • Leverage tools to guide your self-reflection on who you are, what you value, and how you work best.
  • Prepare for career development conversations with your mentor. 
  • Articulate the value you bring to a mentoring relationship. 
  • Advocate for the expertise and support you need to excel.
Build a Mentoring Network

After navigating this section of the guide, you will be able to:

  • Define the roles typically represented in a dynamic mentoring network. 
  • Map out your developmental mentoring network. 
  • Recognize best practices for preparing for, engaging in, and locating networking opportunities.
  • Describe how to identify and reach out to a new potential mentor. 

For more than  15 years, Harvard Catalyst has provided training and support to thousands of physician-scientists and researchers. Our extensive and impactful portfolio has included our award-winning, 10-month longitudinal mentoring program, a two-day, in-depth course on mentee empowerment, a series of webinars on mentoring topics, and more. In addition to the courses and programs that cover mentoring topics, mentorship is a critical boundary-crossing skill that is integrated into all of our offerings. Curriculum development has been guided by a partnership between expert faculty from across Harvard-affiliated healthcare centers and professional educators/instructional designers. Our model has been adopted by several Harvard Catalyst affiliates and collaborators.

Harvard Catalyst Mentoring Programs:

Harvard Catalyst Trainings with Mentoring Components: