2012 Mentor Conference

Program Description

Among several goals of the CTSA is the enhancement of the training and career development of clinical and translational scientists. A critical step towards achieving this goal is the fostering of a culture and use of best practices of mentorship at our institutions.

In 2011 - 2012, we piloted the Mentor Development Program as a six-month seminar series in two select departments at GW and Children's National. After receiving feedback from the participants, we re-structured the Mentor Development Program to a 1 1/2-day conference with follow-up sessions planned throughout the year.

For faculty of any discipline at all colleges and schools at The George Washington University who are currently mentors or aspire to become effective mentors.

Program Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Apply mentoring best practices in relationships with junior faculty and trainees;
  2. Communicate effectively with mentees from diverse backgrounds;
  3. Foster a mentee’s independence while establishing clear expectations and boundaries;
  4. Explore promotion and tenure policies and how they impact career development of junior faculty;
  5. Articulate a mentoring philosophy and prepare a mentoring plan with a mentee;
  6. Develop a leadership plan for an interdisciplinary team
Time & Title Speaker(s) / Facilitator(s)
Welcome (.pdf) (video) C. Dianne Martin, PhD, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Defining mentorship: what makes a good mentor and why is mentoring important? (.pdf) Sara Melita, MSAssistant Vice President of Organizational Development & Effectiveness GW Department of Human Resources

Junior faculty panel: What do we need? (.pdf) (video)

Lisa Guay-Woodford, MD (facilitator), Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National and Associate VP for Clinical and Translational Research at The George Washington University
Daniele S. Podini, PhD, Assistant Professor of Forensic Molecular Biology and of Biological Sciences
Larissa May, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Microbiology, and Epidemiology
Brian Kirmse, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Heather Hoffman, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Developing a mentoring plan for your faculty (.pdf) (video) Sara Melita (facilitator), Assistant Vice President of Organizational Development & Effectiveness GW Department of Human Resources
Paula Lantz, PhD, Chair and Professor of Health Policy
Mary A Corcoran PhD, Associate Dean, Faculty Development for Health Sciences Professor, Clinical Research and Leadership
Naomi Luban, MD, Professor of Pediatrics Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
Abdou Youssef, PhD, Chair and Professor, Department of Computer Science
Bumps along the road: Career stumbling blocks (video) Mary Ottolini, MD, Professor of Pediatrics Vice Chair of Education
Leading interdisciplinary teams (.pdf) (video) Cynthia Dowd, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Guy Lotrecchiano, PhD, EdD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
Michael A. Massiah, PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Robert J. Freishtat, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Integrative Systems Biology
Damien O’Halloran, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
James Hahn, PhD, Professor of Computer Science
Keith Crandall, PhD, Director of the Computational Biology Institute Professor of Biological Sciences
Putting what you've learned to practice (.pdf) (video) Janet Bickel, MA, Career and Leadership Development Coach