Mentoring Training Program

Improve your research mentoring skills through this nationally recognized program from the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN).

About the Program

The Advance-CTR Mentoring Training Program is a 9-hour, peer-driven program that provides faculty mentors with skills and techniques to enhance communication with their mentees and improve outcomes for professional development and success.

This interactive training provides faculty mentors with an intellectual framework, the opportunity to experiment with various methods, and a forum to solve mentoring dilemmas with colleagues. The training is adapted from a nationally recognized, evidence-based curriculum from the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) that is designed to help research mentors maximize the effectiveness of their mentoring relationships. 

The training process expands attendees' knowledge through case studies and secondhand exposure to the experiences of all participants, thus enabling attendees to engage with as many mentoring experiences as they would typically handle in a decade.

View a list of trained mentors here.


Faculty Trained

On becoming more effective research mentors


Training sessions held

With faculty mentors across the state


Trained Advance-CTR Mentor Facilitators

Who are developing a statewide mentor network

Findings from the RCT

The published curriculum, Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Researchers, has been successfully tested via a multi-site randomized controlled trial (RCT) led by the University of Wisconsin Madison. Findings include: 

  • Trained mentors reported significantly higher learning gains as compared to the control. They also reported they had implemented more changes in their mentoring practice.
  • 88% of seminar participants reported that the 8-hour seminar was a valuable use of their time and 90% said they would recommend it to a colleague.
  • Mentees of trained mentors noted a greater number of positive changes in their mentoring relationship over the study period.

Pfund et al., Training Mentors of Clinical and Translational Research Scholars: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Acad Med. 2014;89:774–782.

“ I think this was an amazing and thoroughly helpful program. I found all topics to be extremely useful. I wish I had participated in something like this much earlier in my career. ”

Mentoring Training Facilitators 

Each Advance-CTR Mentoring Training session is led by faculty from Brown University or the University of Rhode Island who are NRMN-trained facilitators. They develop customized mentoring training curricula and facilitate discussions of case studies and written mentoring tools at the training sessions. 

A key aim of the mentoring training is to build a community of mentors who can learn together and become more effective in their mentoring relationships. The primary role of the facilitators is to help the participants work through their thoughts and ideas and share mentoring strategies and experiences.

Meet the Mentor Facilitators