In partnership with the Office of the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, in late 2013 the Maryland Center for Health Equity offered its first mentor training program for senior faculty (associate and full professors) experienced in community engaged research and interested in mentoring junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows.
The curriculum, developed by the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW ICTR), focuses on training the mentors of community engaged researchers whose work is conducted with the input and, in some cases, the direct and full participation of community members. The program was by experienced researchers and mentors, Dr. Stephen Thomas and Dr. Ruth Zambrana, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity and Professor of Women’s Studies in the Maryland Population Research Center.
Participants in the program:
- Received resources on how to be a more effective research mentor
- Discussed mentoring challenges among peers
- Developed their mentoring philosophy
- Took a reflective approach to mentoring
- Shared best mentoring practices
- Accessed relevant readings and example templates to structure mentoring relationships
Research Mentor Training
In 2003, the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching at the University of Wisconsin—Madisonlaunched an effort through the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to train future biology faculty to become more effective research mentors. Over the next three years, cohorts of biology graduate students, post-docs and faculty met to discuss mentoring challenges and solutions, generating case studies and discussion questions along the way. Following evaluation and revision, these discussion materials were used to create the research mentor training seminar known as the Wisconsin Mentoring Seminar. more>>>
Health Equity Leadership Institute
The Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) is an intensive week-long “research boot camp” offered by the collaborative efforts of the MCHE and the Collaborative Center for Health Equity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since its inception in 2010, HELI has become an annual summer educational event, focused on increasing the number of investigators, particularly minority investigators, engaged in health disparities and health equity research. The goal is to increase the likelihood these scholars will be successful in tenure track academic appointments in schools of public health, medicine and other social and behavioral science disciplines. more>>>