Mentor "trusted counselor or guide; tutor; coach" (Merriam Webster). 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. Such mentors can be other faculty, other fellows or anyone that is in a position to provide guidance and assistance.
Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and their Mentors: "The Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and Their Mentors is intended to initiate discussions at the local and national levels about the postdoctoral appointee-mentor relationship and the commitments necessary for a high quality postdoctoral training experience. The Compact was drafted by the AAMC Group on Graduate, Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) and its Postdoctorate Committee. It is modeled on the AAMC Compact Between Resident Physicians and Their Teachers, available at http://www.aamc.org/postdoccompact. Input on the document was received from the GREAT Group Representatives, members of the AAMC governance, and other members of the postdoctoral community, including the National Postdoctoral Association. At its October 8, 2006, annual business meeting, the GREAT Group unanimously endorsed the document. The document was subsequently endorsed by the AAMC Executive Committee on October 20, 2006."
Office of Academic Enhancement and Mentoring: The Office of Academic Enhancement and Mentoring at Mount Sinai sponsors workshops and seminars throughout the year. Learn more.
Publications and Resources on Mentoring
- "Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend". A publication from the National Academies of Science, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine. http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=5789
- "Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty" A publication from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. http://www.hhmi.org/resources/labmanagement/moves.html
- "Entering Mentoring" A publication from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute on mentoring in the context of teaching. http://www.hhmi.org/catalog/main?action=product&itemId=272
- "Nature’s guide for mentors" Lee, Dennis and Campbell, 2007: 791-797. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v447/n7146/full/447791a.html
International Societies sponsoring mentor-match programs:
- Society for Neuroscience: http://www.sfn.org/index.aspx?pagename=mentoring_main
- Society of Toxicology: http://www.toxicology.org/ai/newcrad/mentormatch.asp