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The research mentoring program was established in 2006 to prepare junior investigators to lead funded translational research programs. The educational scholars mentoring program was established in 2012 to support educators and educational scholars. Both programs are open to affiliates of Rush University Medical Center and John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. For questions on Rush mentoring programs, please contact Giselle Sandi, PhD, director of mentoring programs.
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Research Mentoring Program
  • Develop testable, health-related research questions
  • Develop novel and fundable methods to study complex biomedical and behavioral health problems
  • Work collaboratively on interdisciplinary research teams that include basic, clinical and community-based population scientists, as well as experts in biomedical informatics
  • Conduct funded, sustainable programs of translational research that will directly improve the health of the nation
  • Increase the likelihood that innovations will be implemented and improve the nation’s health by disseminating findings beyond the scientific community, which entails employing presentations and publications targeted to various audiences, including clinicians, researcher and consumers.
Program Tracks
  • Clinical: outcomes, behavioral interventions, decision making, communication and patient safety
  • Population: community-based participatory research, provider-based research networks
  • Laboratory
  • Residents, fellows and all faculty members associated with either Rush University Medical Center or John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
  • Have at least 20 percent protected research time from their departments
  • Agree to dedicate an additional 25 percent effort and work very closely with a senior mentor
***Entry into the program depends upon program leaders identifying an appropriate mentor match***
Educational Scholars Mentoring Program
  • Provide experienced and dedicated mentorship for educators and educational scholars
  • Offer a comprehensive range of resources designed to strengthen the educator's teaching portfolio and/or to support educational scholarship
Program Tracks
  • Education: focused on teaching and learning)
  • Educational Scholars: focused on conducting educational research, publishing and acquiring funding
  • Residents, fellows and trainees associated with either Rush University Medical Center or John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
  • Must set and acheive annual goals
  • Faculty members with education and/or educational scholarship credentials and expertise

  • Mentees and mentors in the program have access to the program's resources. Please email your request directly to mentoring programs.
    • Science writing/editing
    • Statistical consulting
    • Database design and data management
    • Graphics/presentation consultation
    • Research assistance
    • Liaisoning with the RCTA office
    • Conference room
    • Lending Library
    • Seminars/workshops & research track and program meetings
  • Brief Annual Report
  • Rush Reserach Toolbox: Includes useful grant information
  • Mentee/Mentor Table
  • Rush Marketing Tools: Don't know how to market your Rush-sponsored event? Try these ideas.
  • Standard template mentoring language (contact mentoring programs for a copy)

    Mentee Information
Meetings and Workshops
  • Seminar and Events Schedule
  • Clinical Track Meetings: These meetings function as in-house study sections and are valuable to mentees as they develop their specific aims, revise their grant applications and flesh-out ideas for applications. The clinical track meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month from 3 to 4 p.m. in 607 Kidston.
  • Lab Track Meetings: All are welcome to attend our monthly lab track research meetings. Mentees need not be specializing in GI or immunology or have labs. These meetings serve as in-house study sections where investigators take turns presenting their specific aims or summary statements and the group provides constructive criticism. Come and observe if you're interested or email to inform the office of date you'd like to discuss your research. The lab track meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in 402 Cohn.

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