Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring: An Online Curriculum for the Professional Development of Research Mentors

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511 August 8, 2012 Poster
University of Minnesota Medical School


The support of talented mentors can be the lynchpin for launching an independent research career. The authors describe an online professional development curriculum for faculty members who mentor early-career investigators.

Content is organized into five modules that cover mentoring models, mentor roles and responsibilities, structure and dynamics of the mentoring relationship, and strategies for facilitating, and addressing challenges to, the mentoring process. The course engages learners through text, audio, mini-presentations, self-assessments, and other interactive activities.

*Presented at 2012 GFA/GDI Professional Development Conference


  • Mentoring, Mentor Training, Faculty Development


  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Professionalism

Professional Interest

  • Counseling (Personal or Academic)
  • Curriculum Development/Evaluation
  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Mentoring
  • Professionalism

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment
  • Independent Learning

Intended Audience

  • Professional & Faculty Development

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