An important element of the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program is the formative relationship established between you and your mentor.
This relationship forms the basis for your clinical research development, and your mentor is your primary source of formal and informal acculturation as a clinical investigator. Mentors also play a critical role in helping you identify and pursue appropriate education, training and other career development goals.
As with any relationship, scholar-mentor relationships are not immune to conflicts. To assist KL2 scholars and mentors in defining expectations and minimizing miscommunications that can lead to conflicts, you and your mentor are required to complete and submit the Initial Agreement — Expectations for the CTSA Scholar Mentoring Relationship form with your KL2 Program application.
This agreement is designed to assist you and your mentor in establishing expectations for your relationship and provoke discussion in areas critical for your development.
After you are accepted into the KL2 Program, you and your mentors will complete the Detailed Agreement — Expectations for the CTSA Scholar Mentoring Relationship. These will be reviewed and updated annually. You should submit the detailed agreement with your research proposal, and going forward should submit an updated agreement with each yearly progress report.
Periodic mentoring-focused sessions of CTSA Grand Rounds provide interactive training and assistance for both mentors and KL2 scholars.
All mentors are provided with the book "Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering" (National Academy Press, 1997). This book, a joint publication of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, provides practical advice on how to become a better mentor.
Additionally, a number of courses and seminars are available to Mayo Clinic staff and students to build interpersonal, professional and mentoring skills. Visit the Career and Leadership Development intranet page (must be logged in to the Mayo network) or the Human Resources Education and Development intranet page (must be logged in to the Mayo network) for more information.