Mentor and Trainee Expectations

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The core of our research training program in diabetes, endocrinology, and metabolism is the close interaction between the highly successful faculty mentors and their trainees. Trainees are given the freedom to choose their mentor and research focus. We aim to prepare our trainees for an independent research career, with the mentor working to ensure that trainees become experts in critical thinking, effective communication, and the responsible conduct of research.

The mentor and trainee work together to develop an annual career development plan for the trainee. Through this process they identify objectives that will help the fellow achieve his/her long term career goals, devise strategies to accomplish these objectives, develop a timeline for when the strategies will be employed, and define the outcomes measure that will be used to determine if the objective has been successfully accomplished.

At the beginning of the training period, both the mentor and trainee review and sign agreements that define the program’s expectations for each of them. These agreements document plans for formal meetings, grant submissions, and attendance at relevant seminars, journal clubs, and conferences. 

Mentor Expectations

  1. Assist your fellow to:
    • Develop his/her career goals, associated near-term objectives, and specific objectives for each training grant-supported year.
    • Identify what strategies (e.g. experiences, training, etc.) will facilitate objective achievement.
    • Identify how research experiences and training will be acquired.
    • Develop an annual timeline showing when research experiences and/or training will occur and when objectives will be completed.
    • Develop plans for a grant submission to an external funding agency by the final year of training (such as an individual training grant or a career development award).
  2. Establish regularly scheduled meeting times with the fellow to review progress and discuss career development.
  3. Assure that scholars spend at least 40 hours a week participating in training, research, and career development.
  4. Attend departmental research seminars, journal clubs, and research presentations by other fellows in this program with your fellow on a regular basis.

Trainee Expectations

  1. Work with your mentor to:
    • Develop his/her career goals, associated near-term objectives, and specific objectives for each training grant-supported year.
    • Identify what strategies (e.g. experiences, training, etc.) will facilitate objective achievement.
    • Identify how research experiences and training will be acquired.
    • Develop an annual timeline showing when research experiences and/or training will occur and when objectives will be completed.
    • Develop plans for a grant submission to an external funding agency (such as an individual training grant or a career development award).
  2. Establish regularly scheduled meeting times with the mentor to review progress and discuss career development.
  3. Spend at least 40 hours a week participating in training, research, and career development activities.
  4. Attend departmental and divisional research seminars (for example, city-wide endocrine conference), endocrine journal clubs, research presentations by other fellows in this program, and laboratory meetings regularly.
  5. Present your research plan to the faculty at the beginning of your first year of support and present your results to the faculty at the end of your training period.
  6. Participate in the seminar series for T32 scholars that present topics in responsible conduct in research, research ethics, career development, and presentation skills.