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Mentoring Translational Science Investigators

Mentoring Translational Science Investigators VIEWPOINT seekshelptoreviewscientificpapersandgrants,expectssupport Michael Fleming, MD, MPH andencouragement,andrequestshelpinmakingconnections Ellen L. Burnham, MD, MS withotherresearchersandfundingagencies.Aprimarymentor W. Charles Huskins, MD, MSc may or may not serve as an academic mentor if the trainee and thementorareinadifferentdepartment,school,orinstitution. PRIMARY MISSION OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF Selection of Primary Mentors Health(NIH)istotrainthenextgenerationofclinical/ Selectionofprimarymentorsiscriticalforinvestigatorsembark- translational scientists. The NIH K-series training ing on a career in research who are transitioning to indepen- A grantsare3-to5-yearawardsthatprovideprotected 2 8 dence. Interviews with 46 KL2 program leaders revealed 4 time (up to 75% salary support) and research funding (up to primary methods for pairing mentees and mentors. The first, $50 000peryear)tonewinvestigatorsfollowingfellowshiptrain- selection of a mentor by an individual mentee, was used most ingtopreparethemforR01-levelfunding.ExamplesofKawards commonly, usually in the context of applying for a career de- includeindividualawardssuchasK01s,K08s,K23s,andK25s, velopment award. A smaller number of institutions reported along with institutional-based K programs such as K12s and compiling names of “qualified” or “designated” mentors from the CTSA KL2. within an institution to help narrow the search for the mentee. ThesuccessofKprogramsindevelopingsuccessivegenera- Less frequently, mentors were selected for mentees by a third tions of clinical researchers is well established. However, party,suchastheresearchtrainingdirectororchairperson.Use approximatelyhalfofK-fundedscholarsdonotultimatelycom- ofacombinationofthesestrategieswasalsoreportedthatinvolved pete for R-level funding or develop sustainable research pro- varyingamountsofformalguidancebyCTSAprogramleaders. grams. ManyK-fundedscholars,especiallyphysicians,willleave No empirical data suggest that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Mentoring Translational Science Investigators

JAMA , Volume 308 (19) – Nov 21, 2012

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2012 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
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0098-7484
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1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2012.14367
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23168821
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Abstract

VIEWPOINT seekshelptoreviewscientificpapersandgrants,expectssupport Michael Fleming, MD, MPH andencouragement,andrequestshelpinmakingconnections Ellen L. Burnham, MD, MS withotherresearchersandfundingagencies.Aprimarymentor W. Charles Huskins, MD, MSc may or may not serve as an academic mentor if the trainee and thementorareinadifferentdepartment,school,orinstitution. PRIMARY MISSION OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF Selection of Primary Mentors Health(NIH)istotrainthenextgenerationofclinical/ Selectionofprimarymentorsiscriticalforinvestigatorsembark- translational scientists. The NIH K-series training ing on a career in research who are transitioning to indepen- A grantsare3-to5-yearawardsthatprovideprotected 2 8 dence. Interviews with 46 KL2 program leaders revealed 4 time (up to 75% salary support) and research funding (up to primary methods for pairing mentees and mentors. The first, $50 000peryear)tonewinvestigatorsfollowingfellowshiptrain- selection of a mentor by an individual mentee, was used most ingtopreparethemforR01-levelfunding.ExamplesofKawards commonly, usually in the context of applying for a career de- includeindividualawardssuchasK01s,K08s,K23s,andK25s, velopment award. A smaller number of institutions reported along with institutional-based K programs such as K12s and compiling names of “qualified” or “designated” mentors from the CTSA KL2. within an institution to help narrow the search for the mentee. ThesuccessofKprogramsindevelopingsuccessivegenera- Less frequently, mentors were selected for mentees by a third tions of clinical researchers is well established. However, party,suchastheresearchtrainingdirectororchairperson.Use approximatelyhalfofK-fundedscholarsdonotultimatelycom- ofacombinationofthesestrategieswasalsoreportedthatinvolved pete for R-level funding or develop sustainable research pro- varyingamountsofformalguidancebyCTSAprogramleaders. grams. ManyK-fundedscholars,especiallyphysicians,willleave No empirical data suggest that

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Nov 21, 2012

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