A program that supports mentoring relationships in clinical and translational research. Mentoring Program

Mentee-Mentor Matching Program

At a glance
Opportunity for
  • Graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty who are seeking guidance on overall career development
  • Applicants may or may not have a scientific project mentor or principal investigator
  • MD, PhD, or equivalent, with an interest in clinical and translational research
  • Instructors
  • Clinical residents and clinical fellows
  • Post-doctoral research fellows
  • Graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees
Time commitment
  • Two one-hour meetings per month: October 2017-June 2018
  • Opening event: September 27, 2017
  • Closing event: June 2018
  • Mentor/mentee meetings will be scheduled for mutually convenient times
Funding level
Session date
  • September 2017 - June 2018
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on August 18, 2017
  • All applicants will be notified of their status no later than September 1, 2017.
The application process is closed.
Please Note

Mentoring networks are composed of professionals who offer support and guidance on different aspects of a researcher's life and career. A clinical and translational researcher's mentoring network often includes a scientific mentor who offers advice on technical skills or training that relates to the content of their research, and a developmental mentor who advises on areas of professional development. A developmental mentor may advise on improving communication skills, finding a lab position, expanding mentoring networks, and many others. Developmental mentors are often highly influential in shaping career pathway opportunities for mentees, yet finding an appropriate developmental mentor early in a career can be challenging.

The Mentee-Mentor Matching Program is a one-year, pilot program that matches junior investigators with senior faculty who serve as developmental mentors. Each mentee with be placed in a small group with one to two peer participants and one senior faculty mentor. To maintain focus on development and growth, the match of mentees to mentors will not be based on scientific alignment.

The program will launch with an opening event on September 27, 2017, which will provide an introduction and connect mentors and mentees. Each month, two required one-hour meetings will take place. Both of these meeting times and locations are flexible and will be determined around your schedule. At the first meeting of the month, the small group of mentees will meet together with their assigned senior mentor. The second monthly meeting will focus on peer mentoring, and the mentee group will meet together without their assigned senior mentor. Materials such as case studies, discussion prompts, and goal setting exercises will be provided to guide and supplement these meetings, but overall, the structure and content will be tailored to the individual needs and interests of the mentees. The program will end with a closing event in June 2018 that will tie together the collective experience.

Program Goals:

  • Understand the importance of developmental mentoring.
  • Understand key challenges that can be overcome by mentoring.
  • Learn about mentoring networks and begin to create a network of senior and peer mentors.