Miami CTSI

Building a Team of Mentors for Success Was Spotlight of February Connection Gathering


One of the key components of a successful company or organization is its board of directors. The board oversees activities, provides guidance and, overall, acts in the best interest of the organization’s members or a company’s shareholders.

Having a personal board of directors in the form of mentors can be just as important in advancing career development, according to Greg Austin, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Junior Faculty Development at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

The Miami CTSI hosted Dr. Austin at its February Connection for Research Career Enhancement meeting where he presented, “Creating and Managing Your Personal Board of Directors.”

Dr. Austin encouraged Connection members to think of their academic careers as a business, with the mentee as the CEO and largest shareholder. The Board of Directors, being the mentors and advisors, helps to develop and implement a plan for career success.

The interactive meeting featured exercises and group discussions on challenges that many junior faculty encounter in finding mentors and developing meaningful partnerships.

Dr. Austin is also Director of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s (CCTSI) CO-Mentor Program, which uses evidence-based strategies to teach mentor/mentee pairs the skills they need to get the most out of their mentoring relationships.

Using the CO-Mentor Program model, the Miami CTSI will be collaborating with Dr. Austin and CCTSI to develop and launch its own research mentoring partnership training.

The Connection members will meet again on Tuesday, April 2, to brainstorm and solidify the agenda for the upcoming Connection retreat to be held Saturday, May 11.

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