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 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.
Upon acceptance into the program, scholars and mentors will complete the Detailed Agreement — Expectations for the CCaTS Scholar Mentoring Relationship form. This will be reviewed and updated annually.
Periodic mentoring-focused sessions of CCaTS Grand Rounds provide interactive training and assistance for both you and your mentor.
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 Human Resources Office of Leadership and Organization Development intranet page (must be logged in to the Mayo network) for more information.