Mentor Development Program (MDP): Overview and Application Information

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 each October for participation in the January to May CTSI Mentor Development Program (MDP). See seminar schedule for exact dates.

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 January to May program consists of monthly case-based seminars with senior clinical & translational mentors. Seminar 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)
    • Can attend once monthly January to May morning meetings 8:30am-1:00pm

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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