The Clinical and Translational Science Institute has developed a free, online, professional development course designed to prepare faculty from a range of disciplines to be effective research mentors for junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students.
Research mentors who complete this online course will gain the skills and tools necessary to form effective mentoring relationships.
Content is organized into five modules that cover mentoring models, mentor roles and responsibilities, structure and dynamics of the mentoring relationship, and strategies for facilitating, and addressing challenges to, the mentoring process. The course engages learners through text, audio, mini-presentations, self-assessments, and other interactive activities.
The course takes approximately 90-120 minutes to complete. Learners can proceed through the five modules sequentially or as self-selected topics to explore, and may return to complete the course at another time.
After completion of the course, learners complete a Mentoring Action Plan and a Course Improvement Survey. Finally, mentors gain access to a toolkit containing helpful resources, including all those referenced during the course.
This curriculum was developed by faculty members from across the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center with leadership from Drs. Anne Marie Weber-Main, Esam El-Fakahany, and Janet Shanedling.