University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

January 31, February 14, February 28, March 14, 2014: Research Mentor Training Sessions

We are excited to offer a four-session mentor training program at UWM in the spring of 2014!

Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Researchers offers mentors resources and materials on how to be a more effective research mentor. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss mentoring challenges among peers, share best mentoring practices, receive access to relevant readings and example templates to structure mentoring relationships, and outline and create a mentoring philosophy. Mentors will also learn to more effectively communicate, consider issues of human diversity, promote professional development and independence, and develop a reflective approach to mentoring.

The training has been shown to be effective in a national randomized controlled trial that included 283 mentor-mentee pairs from 16 institutions. Some of these results are:

  • Trained mentors showed significantly higher skills gains; this held true across career stage, institution, and gender.
  • 54% of trained mentors reported implementation of change as a result of the training right after attending the sessions; three months after the training, the number increased to 87%.
  • 88% of those assigned to the intervention reported the 8-hour training was a valuable use of time; 90% would recommend the sessions to a colleague.

Benefits of the training include:

  • Strong mentorship enhances mentee productivity, self-efficacy, career satisfaction, and is an important predictor of academic success of researchers in training.
  • The curriculum is based on proven mentor training curricula; even experienced mentors learn strategies for more effective mentoring from the training.
  • Federal funding agencies are calling for evidence-based mentor training and the use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs) in particular, which the session on professional development covers.

Participants must attend ALL of the following four two-hour sessions to receive a certificate of completion, and become effective mentors in a faculty mentoring program:

  • January 31, 2014 - Session 1: Introduction & Effective Communication
  • February 14, 2014 - Session 2: Establishing Expectations & Assessing Understanding
  • February 28, 2014 - Session 3: Addressing Diversity & Fostering Independence
  • March 14, 2014 - Session 4: Professional Development & Articulating Your Philosophy and Plan
All sessions will be held in Union 345 b/c from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

If you are interested, please register at Registration is required to attend all four faculty training sessions.

If you have any questions or need more information, contact the Mentor Training Facilitators Michelle Lopez-Rios at or John Baker at

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