TL1 Program Mentoring
TL1 Scholars selected for the program are trained by multiple faculty in all phases of the research cycle, from idea generation to developing proposals, study implementation and writing empirical papers. The career development of scholars is guided by the latest techniques for focused, programmatic mentoring using Individual Development Plans (IDP) as promoted by the National Institutes of Health. IDPs are a written guide whereby mentors and scholars can plan long-term career development in concrete ways that also allow the scholars, mentors and program to be accountable.
The IDP will be developed together by the trainee and mentor(s) then reviewed and approved by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute Mentoring and Career Development Advisory Panel (MCDAP). The IDP provides a process for mentors and fellows to identify professional development needs and career objectives, and to establish parameters for effective communication (i.e., clarifying expectations of mentor/fellow, establishing the frequency and duration of regular meetings, who initiates and sets an agenda for meetings). The IDP is a system for making plans and reviewing progress in meeting goals and over time can also be useful for both mentor and program evaluation. The IDP includes the specific research projects that trainees will work on and other necessary educational experiences (i.e., courses, lab meetings, special interest groups). The IDP approach involves identifying needs and goals in six core areas: teaching skills, research skills, writing and publication, communication skills, professional development and leadership collaboration. We will use an existing best-practices IDP customized to our program needs by explicitly addressing fluency in the translational science core competencies.
Through a partnership with educators at the University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute, mentors participate in a course for research mentoring. The course is available to anyone at Penn State including mentors of the KL2 and TL1 Scholars.