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Mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows is a privilege, is an important part of our role as PIs, and takes ongoing training to learn the best ways to mentor trainees who have many different styles of work. The School of Medicine Basic Sciences offers opportunities for faculty to participate in workshops on various topics throughout the year.

CIMER Workshops

The Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experience in Research (CIMER) provides materials for facilitated discussions regarding best practices in mentoring. In these sessions, you will “learn how to improve these relationships at all career stages and promote cultural change that values excellence in research mentoring as a critical aspect of diversifying the research workforce”. More information about CIMER can be found here. Five of our faculty members have undergone training with CIMER to be “Entering Mentoring” facilitators. Past and future CIMER training session are listed below. Registration is required. Please contact Tracy O’Brien (tracy.obrien.1@vanderbilt.edu) if you have any questions or trouble registering.

CIMER Workshop Instructors

Lourdes Estrada, Maureen Gannon, Kathleen Gould, Alyssa Hasty, Digna Velez-Edwards

Lourdes Estrada, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biochemistry

Maureen Gannon, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Kathleen Gould, Ph.D.
Louise B. McGavock Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research Education and Training

Alyssa Hasty, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Associate Dean for Faculty Development for Basic Sciences
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Digna Velez-Edwards, Ph.D.
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

CIMER Workshop events

Topic: “Addressing Equity and Inclusion”
When: 9:00-11:00 pm, Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Where: Light Hall 419A-D

Topic: “Aligning Expectations”
When: 3:00-5:00 pm, Monday, June 6, 2022
Where: U-1202 MRB III

Topic: “Maintaining Effective Communication”
When: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Monday, August 29, 2022
Where: U-1202 MRB III

Topic: “Assessing Understanding”
When: 2:00-4:00 pm, Monday, April 25, 2022
Where: U-1202 MRB III

Mentoring Statement Workshops

As a part of the new expectations for NIGMS training grants, faculty are required to include a mentoring/diversity statement. We have developed a number of individual sessions to discuss these issues and write individual statements as a part of the overall activity. Included in the 90-minute session is a discussion on 5 different areas of mentoring and an opportunity to write your Mentor Statement for the Personal Statement part of your Biosketch to be used for training grant applications.

Mentoring WorkshoP Instructors

Maureen Gannon, Kathleen Gould, Alyssa Hasty

Maureen Gannon, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Kathleen Gould, Ph.D.
Louise B. McGavock Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research Education and Training

Alyssa Hasty, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Associate Dean for Faculty Development for Basic Sciences
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Mentoring Statement Workshop events

Writing Mentoring/Inclusion Statement for T32s
When: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Monday, September 26, 2022
Where: LH 415A-D
Topic: “Mentoring Statement Workshop: Biosketches for T32 Grants”

Writing Mentoring/Inclusion Statement for T32s
When: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., Monday September 12, 2022
Where: LH 415A-D
Topic: “Mentoring Statement Workshop: Biosketches for T32 Grants”

Writing Mentoring/Inclusion Statement for T32s
Tuesday October 15, 2:00-3:30, LH 431
Wednesday November 20, 10:30-12:00, LH 431

Writing Mentoring/Inclusion Statement for T32s
Friday October 4, 1:30-3:00, LH 415 A-B
Monday November 11, 9:00-10:30, LH 431

Writing Mentoring/Inclusion Statement for T32s
Monday 6/17/19, 9:00-10:30, LH 431
Tuesday 6/18/19, 1:00-2:30, LH 415 A & B
Monday 7/22/19, 9:00-10:30, LH 431
Thursday 7/25/19, 1:00-2:30, LH 431

Culturally Aware Mentoring Training

This workshop addresses the fundamentals of best mentoring practice interlaced with opportunities for self-reflective dialogue on how race and ethnicity influence the training experience.

Culturally Aware Workshop events

Culturally Aware Mentoring Workshop – 2021
Monday, December 6th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, December 7th, 9:90 am – 3:00 pm

Culturally Aware Mentoring Workshop – 2020
Dec 1- 4, 2020

Culturally Aware Mentoring Workshop – 2019
Thursday, December 5th, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, December 6th, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Culturally Aware Mentoring Workshop – 2018
December 4-5

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