Mentoring and Career Development


Establishing successful relationships with mentors is one of the most important predictors of academic success during fellowship and beyond. A mentor may provide career and academic guidance, feedback, support and review of ongoing research, methodological expertise, moral- support, introduction to key personal contacts, and serve as a role model for the type of desired academic career. We are committed to provide high quality mentorship.

Fellows in the Program receive mentorship in three areas:

  • A primary career mentor to provide career guidance and oversee all aspects of the fellowship experience.
  • A research mentor(s) to provide guidance, expertise, and support for fellowship projects.
  • A clinical mentor to provide guidance and feedback to health professional fellows for clinical activities, especially precepting of residents in outpatient primary care center.

Fellows meet with the Program leadership early in the first year to determine the primary mentor. Choice of research mentor and clinical mentor will depend on specific projects and clinical precepting site. Mentors will help the fellow develop a portfolio of research, clinical, teaching, and leadership activities and develop a timeline for completion of tasks. Fellows also participate in the ICRE Mentoring Matters ½-day workshop during the first summer.

Leadership Development

  • Fellows participate in leadership training programs.
  • Fellows apply the principles obtained through this training coursework in leadership roles in their research, education and clinical roles.

Future Career Development

Fellows create and maintain a Learning and Professional Portfolio, integrating all aspects of the fellowship. The portfolio summarizes accomplishments, competencies and career trajectory.

For more information, please contact the Fellowship Program Director, Kristin Ray, MD.