Mentor Training within Academic Health Centers with Clinical and Translational Science Awards
Version of Record online: 8 MAY 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Clinical and Translational Science
Volume 6, Issue 5, pages 376–380, October 2013
How to Cite
Abedin, Z., Rebello, T. J., Richards, B. F. and Pincus, H. A. (2013), Mentor Training within Academic Health Centers with Clinical and Translational Science Awards. Clinical and Translational Science, 6: 376–380. doi: 10.1111/cts.12067
- Issue online: 15 OCT 2013
- Version of Record online: 8 MAY 2013
- National Institutes of Health (NIH). Grant Number: 3UL1RR024156-04S3
- National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
- National Institutes of Health. Grant Number: UL1 TR000040
- National Center for Research Resources. Grant Number: UL1 RR024156
- KL2 program;
- mentor training;
Multiple studies highlight the benefits of effective mentoring in academic medicine. Thus, we sought to quantify and characterize the mentoring practices at academic health centers (AHCs) with Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA). Here we report findings pertaining specifically to mentor training at the level of the KL2 mentored award program, and at the broader institutional level. We found only four AHCs did not provide any form of training. One-time orientation was most prevalent at the KL2 level, whereas formal face-to-face training was most prevalent at the institutional level. Despite differences in format usage, there was general consensus at both the KL2 and institutional level about the topics of focus of face-to-face training sessions. Lower-resource training formats utilized at the KL2 level may reveal a preference for preselection of qualified mentors, while institutional selection of resource-heavy formats may be an attempt to raise the mentoring qualifications of the academic community as a whole. The present work fits into the expanding landscape of academic mentoring literature and sets the framework for future longitudinal, outcome studies focused on identifying the most efficient strategies to develop effective mentors.