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A mentor working with a faculty member

An important facet of the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Clinical and Translational Research is the mentoring opportunities offered to faculty members. The CCTR Academy of Mentors and the VCU Mentoring Connection provide programs of both one-on-one mentoring relationships and team mentoring.

The Academy of Mentors is a formal mentoring pool identified by the CCTR as faculty likely to provide exemplary mentoring. Membership in the academy is based on:

  • Mentor credentials
  • Mentor characteristics
  • Mentor skills

A multidisciplinary committee selects the 30 top candidates based on breadth and quality of clinical and translational research and faculty mentoring record. Commitment to and enthusiasm for the CCTR program, membership from a cross section of schools and academic interests congruent with programmatic areas of strength, including significant representation from women’s health, rehabilitation science and substance abuse, and those highlighted in the university’s strategic plan also weigh in the decision.

Learn more about VCU Mentoring Connection.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please complete this form.

If you would like to request a mentor, please complete this form.

Additional Research Mentor Training Resources
  • National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) -

    The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) is a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide all trainees across the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming.

  • National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) -

    The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of over 89,000 graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members. They are dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. They offer on-campus workshops, professional development training, and intensive mentoring programs. Individual membership is free now that VCU is an institutional member.

    Click here to download NCFDD informational sheets.

  • Individual development plans available for download by Stanford Biosciences -
  • List of faculty development resources from the VCU Department of Internal Medicine -

For more information, please contact:
Patrick Nana-Sinkam, M.D.
Director, CCTR Academy of Mentors