Career Enhancement Program

The Career Enhancement Program in the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer SPORE is committed to identifying and mentoring junior faculty members with the greatest potential of developing independent programs in translational breast cancer research. This goal is accomplished through a rigorous review process aimed at identifying the most talented and promising candidates, followed by an intensive, rigorous and effective mentoring program.

Emphasis is placed on identification of qualified minority individuals, women, veterans and people with disabilities.

The mentoring program is based on the establishment and optimal functioning of a multidisciplinary mentoring committee. The committee is led by a senior investigator with the scientific expertise and commitment to develop the next generation of translational breast cancer researchers. The committee is composed of the primary mentor and the complementary clinical or basic investigator necessary for a comprehensive mentoring program, along with a statistician.

It's crucial for the awardee's success that mentoring be ongoing and robust. The director of the Career Enhancement Program provides close oversight of the mentoring process and progress of the awardee.

Dr. Goetz, who serves as both the Breast Cancer SPORE director and the Career Enhancement Program director, reports to the SPORE Executive Committee. This intensive oversight process was established because the development of independent investigators and translational breast cancer research is central to the SPORE mission. Awardees are expected to use program resources to develop independent research programs and secure independent funding in breast cancer research.

Current projects

Current projects in the Career Enhancement Program are: