Mentorship Development Program

picture of mentorship training event
Training in specific mentorship techniques can enhance mentor and mentee outcomes in academic settings. Toward the end of 2012, planning began for a series of formal "Mentoring the Mentors" workshops to be held throughout the five-year grant period at international sites associated with the five consortia of the Fogarty Global Health Program, co-sponsored by the UCSF CFAR. The first two back-to-back workshops for 2013 were conducted in May 2013 in Lima, Peru for Latin American training sites and in June 2013 in Mombasa, Kenya for East African sites. The third Mentoring the Mentors workshop for global health researchers was held November 20-21, 2014 in Bangalore, India for participants from South Asian training sites.

All three workshops were developed as cross-consortia programs by both U.S.-based investigators and regional investigators. Each of these two-day mentoring workshops included skill-based learning in a number of topics including:

  • setting goals and expectations for the mentor-mentee relationship
  • developing a mentoring philosophy
  • enhancing communication strategies, identifying and resolving challenges
  • time management strategies for mentors and mentees
  • navigation of work-life balance in a research career
  • sharing online tools and resources developed by the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Mentoring Program
  • strategies to enhance institutional commitment to mentoring programs
  • mentor and mentee evaluation strategies

Workshops include a number of breakout sessions, with interactive and case-based discussions, to harness the skill sets of experienced mentors in the regions, as well as visiting faculty from the Fogarty consortia sites in the United States.These workshops help supplement the international training core initiatives of the UCSF CFAR as led by Dr. Craig Cohen.