We took on a team mentoring approach to facilitate change in our scientific environment.
Team mentoring has many benefits, such as:
- Affording an organization the opportunity to extend its mentoring efforts and reach more people in a time-efficient manner.
- Solves the dilemma of mentoring many people when there are not enough qualified mentors in an organization to make one-to-one mentoring matches.
- Honors and shares the knowledge and expertise of individuals and to provide other employees with exposure to their specific know how.
- Avoids the perception of favoritism that can result when there are limited numbers of mentors and many potential mentees.
- Welcomes an alternative to combat mentor fatigue and burnout.
Our approach includes: 1) providing a strong foundation of mentorship skill development for the mentors; 2) provide specific training to mentees in how to develop IDP/iMAP using highly tailored educational tools; 3) promoting a culture where new and early- career scientists are optimally equipped to benefit from and have access to a structured network of multiple cross-disciplinary senior-level mentors, within and outside the institution, who are prominent in their respective field of research and have sufficient social, technical and scientific capital to help them achieve career success; 4) leverage diverse mentor teams and community engagement resources to address health disparities research; and 5) combine a retention tool to create a platform where scientists see the value of team science and are in a supportive culture to execute their research. 6) create a self-sustaining since the former mentees, upon further mentorship training, are expected to assume the role of mentors to junior faculty as soon as they successfully complete the initial cycle.
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