Mentor Development Program (MDP): Participate in Person

The MDP answered not only the questions I knew to ask but also the questions I didn't know to ask! This is an essential program that every mentor needs.

I will use what I learned in this program to focus my mentoring, allowing me to better choose my mentees and to be a more effective mentor to them.

The MDP seminars helped me understand the issues among junior faculty and provided more systematic ways to deal with them. These are valuable experiences that I will most definitely incorporate into my own skills.

Prior Mentors in Training (MITS)

Your lack of planning is not my emergency. — You are getting a reputation for not meeting deadlines. Is this the reputation you want to have? —
Be supportive and challenging. Beware of mentors who eat their young. —
There are no 'free lunches': a bad mentee is far worse than no mentee.

Senior Mentors' Advice

In collaboration with the campus-wide UCSF Faculty Mentoring Program, the CTSI Mentor Development Program has recruited senior research mentors to develop an innovative curriculum for training mid-career and early senior research faculty to become the next generation of confident effective clinical and translational mentors. Late Assistant, mid-level and early or late senior faculty dedicated to clinical & translational research can apply.

The CTSI MDP has created an integrated environment for senior mentors and mentors-in-training, encouraging creative and innovative networking, discussing a range of mentoring challenges and a myriad of solutions, developing a toolbox of strategies, and using discussions and collective experiences to build a community of mentoring excellence.

Ten to twenty late assistant, mid-level or early or late senior faculty will be chosen to participate. The program consists of case-based seminars with senior clinical & translational mentors. Topics include: Defining Mentorship from the Beginning: Rewards & Challenges of Mentorship; Balancing Work & Life; Communicating Effectively with Mentees; Understanding Diversity Among Mentees; Understanding UCSF Academic Advancement Policy; Understanding Economic & Fiscal Realities for Successful Academic Careers; Leadership Skills & Opportunities; and Grants: NIH, intramural: UCSF & CTSI Resources & IRB Issues.

Note: Many residency and fellowship directors have found the MDP useful. They are strongly encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria for Mentors in Training:

  • ≥ Associate I or late assistant; ≥ Associate I or soon to be Associate I
  • ≥ 50% research time (or research activities: mentoring, research administration)
  • Current or future goal: Clinical & Translational Research Focus
  • Desire to be a Lead Mentor for 1-3 junior faculty within the next few years
    • Expert in their scientific area
  • Ability to guide or learn to guide Clinical & Translational Research Mentees in:
    • Professional research & academic skills
    • Develop a coordinated research plan
    • Career Advice & Management: can think 5 years ahead
    • Provide resources: databases, access to space, research staff, access to funding and funding advice
    • Collegial networking: national, international
    • Assist with writing of manuscripts and grants and provide career counseling
    • Assist with developing a Mentoring team for their mentees (1-2 co-mentors from different disciplines; departmental Career Mentor (assigned by UCSF Faculty Mentoring Program Departmental Mentor Facilitator)

Application Requirements

  1. MDP Candidate statement (please limit to one page):
    • A description of immediate and long-term career objectives in mentoring beginning Clinical & Translational investigators. Include opportunities for mentoring and mentoring plans and goals.
    • A summary of the research career of the candidate including the candidate's training, background, commitment to, and ability to conduct Clinical & Translational research.
    • If applicable, a description of prior mentoring to beginning Clinical & Translational investigators. Provide the number of years of mentoring experience, mentoring role (i.e. lead mentor, co-mentor, career mentor, research advisor, etc.), the number of and type of individuals mentored (students, postdocs, fellows, junior faculty).
  2. CV or NIH Biosketch

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