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Mentor Training Certificate Program


People writing in notebooksThe Mentor Training Certificate Program consists of in-person and online workshops designed to train faculty in becoming effective clinical and translational research mentors. Requirements to obtain this certificate are outlined below. 


This program is open to faculty who hold appointments in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Faculty in other colleges may participate if they are engaged in biomedical research.

Fill out this short form to indicate your intent to enroll in the NUCATS Mentor Training Certificate Program.


All requirements must be completed within three years to be eligible to “count” toward the certificate.

Workshop Attendance & Participation

Attend all three required 90-minute workshops:
  • Establishing and Aligning Expectations
  • Cultural Awareness to Enhance Mentoring Across Differences
  • Articulating your Mentoring Philosophy and Plan

Required workshops will be offered annually, both in person and online, pending COVID restrictions.

Certificate Program faculty can attend either the in-person or online workshop (with a strong preference for in person if your schedule allows).

In-person workshops will be capped at 25 attendees. 


Time Commitment: 4.5 hours

Attend three additional 90-minute elective workshops:
  • Maintaining Effective Communication/Difficult Conversations
  • Fostering Independence/Transitioning your Mentee to Independence
  • Dealing with Mentoring Challenges
  • Work-Life Integration
  • Goal Planning at Different Career Stages
  • Creating SMART/SMARTER Goals
  • Mentor Mapping and Developmental Networks
  • Evaluating Your Goals/Evaluating Your Mentee’s Goals

Elective workshops will be offered online throughout the year; topics for elective sessions may change each academic year.

Time Commitment: 4.5 hours

View 2021-2022 Mentoring Workshop Schedule

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Upcoming Required Session (In-Person)

DATE: June 22nd 10:30 AM–12:00 PM

TITLE: Articulating Your Mentor Philosophy & Plan

PRESENTERS: Adam Goodman, PhD

LOCATION: Prentice L North

REGISTRATION: Register now



Program Surveys & Evaluations

1. Complete Baseline Survey at the start of the program (prior to the first session you attend).

2. Complete evaluations for every session for which you are seeking “credit” (within 1 week of session attended).

3. Complete NUCATS Mentoring annual surveys for the year(s) in which you are in the Certificate Program.

Retroactive Credit

For those who participated in the NUCATS Series on Developing and Enhancing Mentoring Relationships in 2020 – 2021, you may be able to “count” workshops you attended online via Zoom.

Please note that you must have attended the workshops; watching the recordings after the fact online is not sufficient to receive credit for workshops. 

To receive credit for the online sessions in 2020 – 2021, you must complete the end of the year survey for 2020 – 2021.

Learn more about retroactive credit.


Meet the Team

Participating Institutions: