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The Mentorship Program for New Investigators

The Mentorship Program for New Investigators is intended to help basic and clinical child health researchers at CHRIM who are in the first six years of their first academic appointment, to establish their research programs and launch their careers.

The program’s structure and the operation of the Mentorship Committee is outlined in detail in the CHRIM policy and procedure, here. For more information or to connect with the program at any time, please contact Karen Limbert Rempel at klimbertrempel@chrim.ca.


Pillar 1: The Mentor-Mentee Relationship

This program aims to establish and support an ongoing relationship between new investigators and their selected mentors. The new investigator is invited to meet with members of the Mentorship Committee to discuss the benefits of mentoring and to choose one or two mentors. Having both a career/academic mentor as well as a scientific/research mentor who is an expert in your area of study, is ideal.

Once the mentor has agreed then they will be contacted and connected to the Mentorship Program. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet regularly with an established agenda. Mentors are encouraged to attend the annual mentorship meetings with their mentees wherever possible, to consider serving on the Mentorship committee, and to avail themselves of a growing list of interesting articles and resources related to mentoring, found in section 2 of the online resources below.

Pillar 2: Workshops and Education

The University of Manitoba, in partnership with CHRIM, is an academic centre for the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP). The CCHCSP curriculum involves monthly workshop sessions to discuss professional development topics relevant to both clinical and basic researchers. New Investigator participants in the CHRIM Mentorship Program are encouraged to take advantage of these learning opportunities and attend these workshops, regardless of whether they are enrolled in the CCHCSP. At times, mentors are invited to attend and sometimes facilitate the topic.

Mentors and mentees will also be invited to attend a half-day Mentorship Meeting every year in the spring, where they will have a chance to share their research and experiences with other mentees and mentors, to self-evaluate and to plan for the coming year.

Pillar 3: Internal Review and Grant Writing Support

New Investigators are given the opportunity for internal review of the applications for either CHRIM Operating Grants, or Research Manitoba Health Research New Investigator Operating Grants. Six weeks prior to the application deadline, the applicant should submit their draft application to grantsadministrator@chrim.ca with the names of two suggested reviewers. The administrative office will then arrange to have the application reviewed internally and for the reviewer(s) to meet with the applicant to discuss the application.

In addition, the Grants Administrator can provide upon request a library of successful grant applications from recent competitions. Applicants can email grantsadministrator@chrim.ca to request to view this library.

Pillar 4: Online Resources

The following list of resources is organized by members of the Mentorship Committee to introduce you to the program, establish your mentoring relationships, track your progress and provide information and perspectives on various topics related to a career in research.

U of M Faculty can access journal articles through the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Centre Main Web Portal: http://libguides.lib.umanitoba.ca/health

 1. CHRIM Mentorship Program Documents

a.    New Investigator Mentorship Program 2015
b.    Mentoring Plan Worksheet 2015
c.    Three Year Checklist to Establish a Research Program 2015
d.    Mentorship Annual Review 2016
e.    Respectful Work and Learning Environment Presentation (Jackie Gruber, Office of Human Rights and Conflict Management, Dec 2016)

2.    Mentoring and Career Development (for Mentors and Mentees)

a.    Reference Textbooks

i.    Mentorship in Academic Medicine by Sharon E. Straus and David L. Sackett Wiley Blackwell, 2014.
ii.   The Physician Scientist’s Career Guide by Mark J. Eisenberg. Springer, 2010.
iii.  Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. Knopf Doubleday
iv.  IRONDOC: Practical Stress Management Tools For Physicians by Mamta Gautam Partner Publishing, 2011.

b.    Specific Articles

i.    Nature Guide For Mentors 2007
ii.   The-Structure and Function of Effective Mentoring 2012
iii.  Mentorship Malpractice
iv.  Train the Trainer

3.    Leading People and Managing Resources

a.    Reference Textbooks

i.    The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Manga Edition): An Illustrated Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni. Jossey-Bass, 2008
ii.    Getting To Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (2nd ed) by Roger Fisher and William Ury. Penguin, 1991

4.    Research Activities

a. Reference Textbooks

i. The Physician Scientist’s Career Guide by Mark J. Eisenberg. Springer, 2010

b. Specific Articles

       i. Writing and Publishing

  1.       1. Co-Authors Gone Bad – how to avoid publishing conflicts https://www.elsevier.com/connect/co-authors-gone-bad-how-to-avoid-publishing-conflicts
  2.       2. Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors: ICMJE Recommendations http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/defining-the-role-of-authors-and-contributors.html

       ii. Grants and Grantsmanship

       iii. Lectures and Presentation (under development – check back soon!)

5.    Research Ethics and Regulation: Useful Links

a.    Bannatyne Campus Research Ethics Boards (Health, HREB and Biomedical, BREB): http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/health_sciences/medicine/ethics/
b.    TriCouncil Policy Statement 2 (2014): http://www.pre.ethics.gc.ca/eng/policy-politique/initiatives/tcps2-eptc2/Default/
c.    Council on Research Ethics (CORE TCPS Tutorial): http://www.pre.ethics.gc.ca/eng/policy-politique/initiatives/tcps2-eptc2/Default/
d.    University of Manitoba PHIA/FIPPA training (under customized training, select Researchers): http://umanitoba.ca/access_and_privacy/privacy_training.html
e.    University of Manitoba Biosafety training: https://umanitoba.ca/admin/vp_admin/risk_management/ehso/bio_safety/biotraining.html
f.    University of Manitoba Animal Care: http://umanitoba.ca/research/orec/animal_care/animal_care.html
g.    Health Sciences Centre Research Impact Form: http://www.hsc.mb.ca/research.html
h.    Saint-Boniface Hospital Research Review Committee: http://www.sbrc.ca/home/facilities-and-support/office-of-clinical-research/research-review-committee/
i.    University of Manitoba Responsible Conduct of Research (research integrity training module): http://umanitoba.ca/researchintegrity/