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
Eligibility
  • 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 2018-May 2019
  • Mentor/mentee meetings will be scheduled for mutually convenient times.
  • Three required events throughout the program for all mentees and mentors (all events will be held in late-afternoon/early evening on Harvard Medical School campus):
    • Opening Event: September 25, 2018
    • Mid-Year Event: January 9, 2019
    • Closing Event: June 13, 2019
Funding level
Resources
Session dates
  • September 2018 - June 2019
Application due
  • 5:00pm on August 17, 2018
Notifications
  • All applicants will be notified of their status no later than September 7, 2018.
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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 program that matches junior investigators with senior faculty who serve as developmental mentors for the duration of the program. Each mentee with be placed in a small group with approximately two other 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 25, 2018, which will provide an introduction to the program structure and curriculum. The Opening Event will also give mentors and mentees the opportunity to connect and get to know one another. 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 articles, 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 2019 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.