Developing a mentorship program for clinical researchers

Carol E. Blixen*, Klara K. Papp, Alan L. Hull, Richard A. Rudick, Katrina A. Bramstedt

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Introduction: In academic health centers, the number of physician investigators and the number of research studies headed by clinicians has been declining. The U.S. Institute of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health suggest improved mentoring is important to reversing these trends. 

Methods: This is a case study review of the role of mentors in developing and sustaining clinical investigators at the Cleveland Clinic. 

Results: Issues influencing mentoring relationships at the Cleveland Clinic include whether mentoring contracts are formally or informally related and are agreed on; whether there are scheduled meetings for mentors and protégés; whether there are clearly articulated benchmarks and manageable steps; and whether there is a code of mentorship. 

Conclusions: Interactive group formats can lead to development of a code of mentorship and increased awareness of faculty regarding clinical investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-93
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


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