- Are you a "hands on" mentor? If not, who would provide me
with direct supervision and teaching in the laboratory or clinical
- How often would I meet with you and in what setting?
- How many other members are in the research group? What are their various roles?
- Am I expected to provide funding for my own reagents, supply costs, travel to meetings, etc.?
How would my research project be chosen?
Would I be able to have input and/or choose between a number of
possible projects? Or would I be expected or allowed to come up with a
proposed project independently?
- Will I be able to use a research associate or clinical trials monitor to help me with data gathering?
- Have any fellows who have worked with you gone on to independent research careers?
long do most trainees stay in your research group, and where do they go
when they leave your research group? Into academic positions, industry,
or practice settings?
- What types of grants do you envision for my work?
- Have you had experience in helping mentees obtain grants?
types of peer-reviewed publications do you see arising from potential
projects? Will there be opportunities to publish review articles or
- Will there be opportunities to publish review articles or book chapters?
you have assistant or other editorial status on peer-reviewed journals?
(Such a mentor may be able to involve a trainee more integrally in the
peer review process, the benefits of which include good practice in the
critical appraisal of research studies; recognition for a worthwhile
form of scholarly volunteer work; and expansion of knowledge of the
most current concepts.)
Young faculty may not have had fellows work with them before. Do not
automatically exclude them from your search, but discuss with them the
possibility of having a co-mentor who is a more senior person. Some
institutions mandate that each trainee has a three-person research
committee to provide a greater range of expertise and guidance for the
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