Mentor Training Program (MTP): Overview and Application Information

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Directors: Mitch Feldman and Mandana Khalili

The CTSI Mentor Training Program is a comprehensive program with both online and in person components designed to train mid-career and early senior faculty to become the next generation of confident and effective clinical and translational research mentors. Faculty dedicated to clinical and translational research can apply for participation in the CTSI Mentor Training Program (MTP) offered annually.

The CTSI MTP 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.

The MTP 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 MTP 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

The six core modules through web-based and face-to-face meetings provide an overview of the core competencies needed by mentors using learning objectives, readings (required and suggested), short lectures, videos of mentors and mentees, and exercises.

Seminar topics include:

  • Mentorship from the Beginning
  • Mentoring Models and Mentor Selection
  • Aligning Goals and Expectations
  • Communicating Effectively with Mentees
  • Dealing with Mentoring Challenges
  • Mentoring Across Differences

Course Structure

6 online modules and 4 in-person sessions (all Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm @ Mission Hall, Mission Bay, room TBD):

  • April 25, 2018
  • May 9, 2018
  • May 30, 2018
  • June 20, 2018

Residency and fellowship directors and mentoring program leaders are also strongly encouraged to apply.


MTP Graduates Spring 2017

Publications about MTP

  • Feldman MD, Huang L, Guglielmo BJ, Jordan R, Kahn J, Creasman JM, Wiener-Kronish JP, Lee KA, Tehrani A, Yaffe K, Brown JS. Training the next generation of research mentors: the University of California, San Francisco, Clinical & Translational Science Institute Mentor Development Program. Clinical and Translational Science 2009 Jun; 2(3):216-21. View on PubMed
  • Johnson MO, Subak LL, Brown JS, Lee KA, Feldman MD. An Innovative Program to Train Health Sciences Researchers to Be Effective Clinical and Translational Research Mentors. Academic Medicine 2010 Mar; 85(3):484-9. View on PubMed Central
  • Feldman MD, Steinauer JE, Khalili M, Huang L, Kahn JS, Lee KA, Creasman J, Brown JS. A Mentor Development Program for Clinical Translational Science Faculty Leads to Sustained, Improved Confidence in Mentoring Skills. Clinical and Translational Science 2012 Aug; 5(4):362-7. View on PubMed Central

Note: MTP was formerly known as the Mentor Development Program (MDP).

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