Effective mentoring is crucial for fellows to master appropriate clinical and scholarly skills. Mentoring also allows trainees to become effective mentors and life-long learners as they make the transition to independent investigators and practitioners. Our fellows receive mentorship in multiple ways:
- The Fellowship Program Director meets individually and collectively with fellows at minimum every 2-3 months to review career objectives and training progress, as well as to solicit suggestions for improvement in the program.
- The Fellowship Research Director meets individually with fellows during the first year to identify research interests and aims, and to select possible research mentors.
- Once a fellow has made a decision regarding research training, the supervising researcher will become the fellow’s Research Mentor and will be responsible for the bulk of mentorship in the second and third years of training.
- All fellows have a Scholarly Oversight Committee (similar to a graduate thesis committee) that is responsible for research oversight, and eventually, to certify that the fellow has met appropriate research requirements. The Committee meets with the fellow at minimum twice per year to review progress and to provide research and career progress advice. The Committee consists of the Fellowship Research Director, the fellow’s Research Mentor, and one or two additional members of the faculty.
- Senior fellows provide mentorship and orientation to the first year fellow, including guidance during the initial on-service rotation.