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improving research mentoring relationships

Research & Graduate Education has partnered with the School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center Office of Education and Training (OET) in offering a formal research mentor education program.

This program meets the National Institutes of Health (NIH) mentor training requirements for institutional training grants effective January 2025.

Research Mentor Education Program

This program teaches mentors how to improve mentorship relationships at all research career stages and promote cultural change that values diversifying the research workforce. This program is built on the Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) Entering Mentoring curricula, which is theoretically-grounded, evidence-based, and culturally-responsive.


Designed to help mentors develop skills engaging in productive, culturally responsive, research mentoring relationships to optimize the success of both mentors and mentees. – CIMER Mentor Training

This program implements Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) curricula Entering Mentoring for mentors of research trainees.

The objective of this program offered by the UW and Fred Hutch is to provide a flexible, interactive training program for research mentors in both clinical research and biomedical research environments in the School of Medicine.

Peer Learning Model

Effective mentoring can be learned, but not taught. – W.H. Freeman, 2014

The CIMER Entering Mentoring curricula provides an evidenced-based, interactive training modules led by School of Medicine peer faculty who have completed the research mentor facilitator training for this program.

Themes & Concepts

The following themes are included in the CIMER Entering Mentoring mentor training curricula:

  • Aligning Expectations
  • Articulating Your Mentoring Philosophy and Plan
  • Assessing Understanding
  • Cultivating Ethical Behavior
  • Enhancing Work-Life Integration
  • Fostering Independence
  • Fostering Wellbeing
  • Maintaining Effective Communication
  • Promoting Mentee Research Self-Efficacy
  • Promoting Professional Development
  • Reflecting on Diversity & Establishing a Practice of Inclusion


This program will launch in Fall 2024.

Registration will be free and open first to all School of Medicine clinical and biomedical research faculty.

Director of Research Mentor Education
Elia Tait Wojno

Elia Tait Wojno, PhD serves as the Director of Mentor Education in the Office of Research and Graduate Education (RGE) and an Associate Professor of Immunology.

As a researcher and educator, Elia is passionate about training the next generation of scientists.

Students work in classes on campus

Community of Practice

As faculty complete the training modules, the Research Mentor Education Program will develop a community of practice among trained research mentors in the UW School of Medicine.

The goal of this community will be to provide a safe and supportive space for continued development of one’s personal style and philosophy of mentoring in collaboration with other trained mentors.

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Fred Hutch Cancer Center is an independent organization that also serves as UW Medicine’s cancer program.

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