We know there are powerful associations between post-doctoral research training fellowships and subsequent research productivity in academic medicine/health sciences. Effective mentoring is critical to advancing health equity research and scholarship, and to ensuring a diverse health equity research workforce (poor mentoring is one common reason Scholars depart academia).
The Research Education and Career Development (REC) Core of ICTR has developed an online repository for a variety of mentoring materials intended to improve research mentoring relationships.
Below are three links to resources intended to support Scholars for having conversations with mentors about 1.) expectations for the relationship, and 2.) a plan for achieving goals of graduate work.
- Mentees: Alignment Phase Resources
- Mentees: Writing an Individualized Development Plan in 4 Steps
- “Phases of the Mentoring Relationship” is available locally through ICTR
National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)
NRMN is a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide all trainees across the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming that emphasizes the benefits and challenges of diversity, inclusivity and culture within mentoring relationships, and more broadly the research workforce. The goal of the National Research Mentoring Network is to enhance the diversity of the NIH-funded research workforce.
The NRMN Mentor Training Core is housed at UW-Madison, with the other core initiatives implemented at collaborating research institutions across the country at Boston College, University of Minnesota, Morehouse School of Medicine and University of North Texas Health Science Center.
NRMN is a co-sponsor for CCHE’s annual Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI). Since 2015, the NRMN team of PIs and Master Mentors have piloted Modules such as ‘Work-Life Integration’ and ‘Culturally Adapted Mentoring (CAM)’ at HELI with great success.
The full resources of NRMN are available via their website, NRMNet.net. Check it out!