In 1998, BUSM researchers published data showing that junior faculty with mentors express greater job satisfaction and rate their research skills higher than faculty without mentors. Two case studies that have included control groups dramatize the difference mentorship makes in improving faculty retention.
- In one report of Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty members, 38% of junior faculty without a mentor left their organizations during the survey period while only 15% of those with mentors left.
- Similarly, new assistant professors participating in a mentoring program at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine were 67% more likely to remain at the university by the end of their probationary period than peers who had opted not to participate.
To promote mentoring in the Department of Medicine, the Faculty Development and Diversity Committee offers links to key resources.
Opportunities to find mentoring
- BU Mentoring Definitions
- Association of Women in Science, Massachusetts Chapter
- Boston University Cross-Disciplinary Training Program in Nanotechnology for Cancer
- Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health
- Clinical Research Training (CREST)
- Academy for Faculty Advancement: BUMC Early Career Faculty Development Program
- MedEdMentoring for research in mental health
- Mentor Net
Training Resources for Mentors
MedEdPORTAL: Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring: An Online Curriculum for the Professional Development of Research Mentors: click here
To access a free course from the University of Minnesota, follow the registration link on the mentoring section of the University of Minnesota’s CTSI website: http://www.ctsi.umn.edu/education/Mentoring/index.htm.
- Modules cover: mentoring models; mentor roles & responsibilities; structure & dynamics of the mentoring relationship; strategies for facilitating – & addressing challenges to – the mentoring process.
- The course includes text, audio, mini-presentations, self-assessments, and other interactive activities.
- The course takes ~90-120 minutes.
- Charting a Course for a Successful Research Career by Alan M. Johnson
- Entering Mentoring: The Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching
- Getting the Most out of Your Mentor (Elaine Hylek)
- Giving and Getting Career Advice (University of Michigan)
- How to Choose a Mentor (Deb Cotton)
- How to mentor trainees
- Seminars on Mentoring