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Mentorship Academy

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The National Academy of Science recently reported that mentorship of our learners is critical to their success. Successful mentorship promotes learners’ identity development and confidence as a professional, creates a climate of inclusion, and helps learners navigate the culture of their discipline and department. Mentorship skills which support these outcomes can be learned and improved.

The OHSU Mentorship Academy provides training for faculty from across the institution to develop mentoring competencies. The competencies are divided into seven modules and are based on CIMER’s Entering Mentoring curricula which was designed to address the new NIGMS guidelines regarding the preparation of mentors involved in training grants. These guidelines state that participating faculty must receive training in effective, evidence-informed teaching and mentoring practices. The seven modules our Mentorship Academy offer are:

  • Module 1: Introduction + Maintaining Effective Communication
  • Module 2: Aligning Expectations
  • Module 3: Assessing Understanding
  • Module 4: Addressing Equity and Inclusion
  • Module 5: Fostering Independence
  • Module 6: Promoting Professional Development
  • Module 7: Articulating Your Mentoring Philosophy and Plan + Wrap-Up

Module 1 is 120 minutes and Modules 2-7 are 90 minutes in length.

There will be light homework for some of the modules (a short article to read or a quick revision to make to the working document of your mentorship philosophy).

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In addition to meeting the requirements for submitting training grants, Mentorship Academy graduates:

  • Will have a toolbox of strategies they can use in typical and more difficult mentoring situations
  • Will have a stronger sense of how their peers at OHSU approach mentorship
  • Will have reflected on their approach to mentorship and written or revised a statement of Mentorship Philosophy and/or a Mentoring Compact
  • Will receive an OHSU Mentorship Academy Certified badge to add to their website if desired
  • Will have the opportunity to join an upcoming cohort of Mentorship Academy facilitators

The Mentorship Academy’s inaugural year was 2020-2021. The first two years we are focusing on training faculty who mentor learners in research in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health, and the College of Pharmacy.

Registration is through Compass. Search “Mentorship Academy” for modules and if sessions are full please add yourself to the waitlist so we can gauge interest.

Before you register, please note you must choose to complete all of the modules in either an intensive or a one-by-one format. You cannot easily combine the two approaches, so please determine which you prefer up front. If you choose to do the one-by-one modules, please start with Module 1 and then the rest in any order as long as you end with Module 7. Because trainings are limited to 18 attendees, if you cannot attend please let us know at or withdraw on Compass so someone else can attend in your place.

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If you're enrolled in a module and wish to see the session materials, they can be accessed on our O2 page (requires OHSU network login). We also provide documents with language about mentoring that OHSU faculty can draw on for grant writing.

Answer: We intend to expand the audience to all other faculty, postdocs, and staff who mentor learners and peers as we are able, hopefully in 2022. 

Answer: We are not able to offer a training facilitated by OHSU personnel during the inaugural year for mentees, but we encourage learners and anyone who wants to learn more about being a mentee to spend 45 minutes watching the webinar “Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors, and Collaborators” on the NCFDD website. See this handout for details about accessing the webinar. The webinar will walk you through how to use this map.

Answer: Yes! Due to Covid-19 prompting many of us to work remotely for the foreseeable future, all trainings are going to be offered via WebEx. Whenever we return to in-person work we would like to offer at least one remote option/year if there is demand.

Answer: You can email with questions. The trainings are currently being coordinated through the Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation.

Answer: Please email to request a list of which modules you have completed. Alternatively, you can view the attendance tracking document from the Mentorship Academy Sakai site (linked from the O2 page).