Mentor Training Program (MTP): Overview and Application Information

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 & 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 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 Competencies
  • Mentoring Models and Mentor Selection
  • Aligning Goals and Expectations
  • Communicating Effectively with Mentees
  • Dealing with Mentoring Challenges
  • Culturally Aware Mentoring

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

Application Requirements

  1. MTP 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 description of prior mentoring experience ( number of years of mentoring experience, mentoring role such as lead mentor, co-mentor, career mentor, research advisor, etc., and the number of and type of individuals mentored such asstudents, postdocs, fellows, junior faculty)
  2. Academic CV or NIH Biosketch

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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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