An important element of the Postdoctoral Certificate Program in clinical and translational science 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 you and your mentor in defining expectations and minimizing miscommunications that can lead to conflicts, you and your mentor are required to complete and submit the Initial Mentoring Agreement — Expectations for the CCaTS Scholar Mentoring Relationship form with your Postdoctoral Certificate Program application.
The agreement is designed to assist you and your mentor in establishing expectations for your relationship and provoke discussion in areas critical for your development.