Scholarly Mentor Program


The Scholarly Mentor Program is designed to support the scholarly activity of early and mid-career family medicine faculty through trained mentors who can communicate the "how to" of developing a "research question" and subsequent manuscripts for publication.

Mentors are family medicine faculty who are associate professors or professors. They serve two broad functions:

  • To help the mentee learn the scholarship and publication process to prepare for career advancement
  • To help the mentee develop a sense of academic competence and identity

View slides: Mentoring Overview from an Expert in the Field by Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH

Mentor and mentee training

Mentors and mentees take self-study courses to learn the expectations of a mentoring relationship.

For mentors

Training is available to orient new and seasoned mentors to a standardized process through a University of Minnesota online module.

Mentors should enroll in the online course “Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring,” which is a free professional development course designed to prepare faculty from a range of disciplines to be effective research mentors for early career faculty.

The content is organized into five modules and takes about two hours to complete. The course is set up so learners can proceed through the five modules sequentially in one sitting or complete the individual modules in smaller time blocks. Mentors have ongoing access to the course toolkit containing helpful resources, including all those referenced during the course.

Register for the "Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring" course

For mentees

Mentees can use the education module aimed specifically at the mentee group available from the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). Learn more about NRMN's Research Mentee Training

It may also be useful for mentees to take the "Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring" course to develop uniform expectations for both groups.

Mentees choose their mentors

Mentees choose their mentors based on shared interests and perceived strengths. There is some data suggesting that mentees are more successful with mentors who are close to their stage of development and have recently experienced early career scholarly challenges.

Mentees can take the following steps in choosing a mentor:

  1. Pick a mentor based on your interests and the interests of the mentor.
  2. Contact the mentor to see if he/she is available, and set up an initial meeting. Some mentors may be at their maximum mentoring capacity, so you may need to select an alternate choice.
  3. After your mentor has been chosen, register your mentor choice by e-mailing Bill Roberts, MD, MS,

Mentoring meetings and evaluation

Mentor-mentee pairs should meet regularly. Mentees are expected to request regular meetings with the chosen mentor. Assistant professors should meet quarterly, and associate professors should meet biannually.

Mentee evaluation and progress reports should be completed and filed with the department for each meeting.

Annual evaluations are also made by mentors and mentees by filling out the following forms:

Contact us

If you have questions or need more information, contact Bill Roberts, MD, MS,