Tufts CTSI offers Mentor Training for individuals who mentor junior faculty in research. These interactive, two-hour sessions are funded by Tufts CTSI.

Admission to the training is by application only.

Fall 2019 Trainings for New & Experienced Mentors

Want to be a more effective research mentor?

Join us this fall for two training opportunities for faculty members with mentees preparing for research careers in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences.

You will meet peers and senior faculty members with expertise in mentoring and career development, and advance your skills in:

  • Developing an effective mentoring relationship
  • Maintaining effective communication
  • Defining and implementing mentees’ goals and timeline
  • Aligning expectations
  • Understanding cultural differences
  • Fostering independence

Prior to the training sessions, selected participants will:

  • Take the University of Minnesota online course, Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring, and complete your mentoring plan (1.5-2 hours)
  • Participate actively during the session and share their mentoring experiences (2 hours)
  • Answer follow-up surveys about the outcomes and impact of this training on your mentees.

Available Sessions

Select one of the two options below applicable to your mentoring experience. Each session is limited to 8-12 participants to optimize small group and peer learning. Admission to mentor training is by application only.

After completing one of these sessions, you will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between advising and mentoring
  • Explain the importance of communication in the mentor/mentee relationship
  • Discuss common mentoring challenges and possible solutions
  • Identify mentoring tools and resources that you can use with your mentees

For Experienced Mentors (Tuesday, September 24, 2019)

This session is for faculty members with more than five years of experience mentoring junior faculty members.

Apply by Monday, September 16.


  • Gordon Huggins, MD, Director, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI) Center for Translational Pharmacology and Genomics, Tufts Medical Center; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Sawkat Anwer, DMVH, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine; Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

For New or Recent Mentors (Thursday, October 31, 2019)

This session is for faculty members who recently obtained their first funding who are mentoring individuals at the fellow or junior faculty level.

Apply by Monday, October 21.


  • Karen Freund, MD, MPH, Professor and Vice Chair of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center; Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine; Harry and Elsa Jiler Clinical Research Professor, American Cancer Society
  • Jill Maron, MD. MPH, Executive Director, Mother Infant Research Institute; Vice Chair of Pediatric Research, Floating Hospital for Children; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine


Sessions will take place on the 8th floor of 35 Kneeland Street in Boston.

Admission to both sessions is by application only. If you are responsible for mentoring Tufts CTSI’s graduate education program’s fellows (TL1) and scholars (KL2), this is a great opportunity to complete the mentor training recommended every other year.

If you are unable to attend these sessions, they will be offered again in spring 2020. Email training@tuftsctsi.org for more information.


Please contact training@tuftsctsi.org with any questions.