Mentor Training Program

The Duke Office for Research Mentoring in collaboration with the Duke CTSA and the NIH sponsored National Research Mentoring Network offers a case-based Mentor Training Curriculum for investigators at all experience levels. Small discussion group sessions focus on 6 key mentorship competencies:

Maintaining Effective Communication
Aligning Expectations
Assessing Understanding
Addressing Equity and Inclusion
Fostering Independence
Promoting Professional Development



Training Opportunities:


Mentor-Mentee Day – October 31, 2019, 9 am-2 pm.  Designed for faculty to attend with their new mentees (graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, career development awardees).  Participants will attend small group workshops focused on maintaining effective communication across differences and aligning expectations.  Time and tools will be provided for the development and review of professional development plans and mentoring compacts.  Registration information coming late summer 2019.


8:00 am                 

Registration, complete communication styles questionnaire


Introduction to the day, NRMN program, ground rules, and facilitators


Enhancing Communication exercises and case discussions


Aligning Expectations case discussions




Mentor/Mentee Pairs:  Mentoring Compact customization and review


Breakout A: Promoting Professional Development exercises and case discussions (Mentors)

Breakout B: Designing your Professional Development plan (Mentees)


Mentor/Mentee Pairs or Groups:  Professional Development Plan review

12:00- 1:00 pm              

Lunch – Research Trade Show


Registration is open!


Tailored Individual Group Sessions – Designed for up to 35 participants within individual divisions, T32 programs, etc. Two trained facilitators will provide 6 hours of training scheduled at the program’s convenience over 1-6 sessions.  Content can be adapted to meet particular needs or interests.  Departmental cost for facilitator time is $1000 total (additional fee for food or beverages).  Contact the Office for Research Mentoring for more information:


Open Registration Mentor Training Events – January 17, 2020, 9 am-3 pm.  Free to all School of Medicine Faculty and Trainees.  Attendees will work in small groups with a facilitator, as well as in large group panel discussions.  Registration information coming in fall 2019.