For postdoctoral trainees a key mentor is the Principal Investigator with whom they work directly. The Compact between Postdoctoral Appointees and their Mentors provides an excellent foundation on which to cultivate this relationship, but most successful Fellows will have several mentors. Mentors can be other faculty, other fellows, or anyone that is in a position to provide guidance and assistance. Learn more about our Postdoc Secondary Mentorship Program.
Mentoring Resources and Publications
The Office of Academic Development and Enrichment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) sponsors workshops and seminars throughout the year designed to help postdocs choose and work with a mentor. We have prepared a Mentor Guide to assist you. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Rod Aminian in the Office of Academic Development and Enrichment Events.
The postdoc office recommends these publications to guide you as you choose your mentor.
- Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend
- Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty
- Entering Mentoring
- Nature’s Guide for Mentors
There are some international organizations that have mentoring resources and programs. We encourage you to explore all the options available to you.