Iowa Mentoring Academy

Effective mentoring is key in growing our translational science workforce. ICTS is leading an initiative at the University of Iowa to implement our new Iowa Mentoring Academy.

Goals of Iowa Mentoring Academy

  • Provide resources for effective multidisciplinary mentoring for engaging in team science and conducting clinical trials
  • Provide resources for scholars along the developmental pipeline to learn how to be mentored more effectively as well as how to mentor others
  • Build a reward structure for successful research mentoring through a tiered recognition system
  • Foster a campus climate that supports and values diversity in the workforce by providing training in diversity and inclusion in the context of a research group
  • Build a cadre of trained National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) facilitators campus wide

IMA mentor and mentee training programs are building on curricula that have been developed through the NIH funded NRMNa nationwide consortium that was established in 2014 to develop and implement evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming.

The ICTS delivers mentor training via our MS TBM coursework as well as workshops designed for Junior and Senior Faculty on campus. Additional mentoring workshop opportunities are offered on campus via other trained facilitators and departments.

Check the News & Events for upcoming workshop opportunities.

Upcoming sessions

ICTS will be offering two sessions for the Fall 2021 semester. Both sessions will be held over Zoom with 8 one-hour sessions. Registration links will be released soon.

  1. Fridays from 12-1pm via Zoom, running from September 10 to October 29, for junior and senior faculty.
  2. Thursdays from 10-11am via Zoom, running from October 11 to December 9, for junior faculty.

Note that the curriculum we use addresses the new NIGMS guidelines regarding the preparation of mentors involved in training grants. Upon completion of the mentor training series (6 out of 8 hours), we will send out recognition letters from the Iowa Mentoring Academy.

Mentoring opportunities

To find out about more mentoring and educational opportunities, contact Jamie Thrams.



Help the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Iowa continue making new strides in medical research by citing the NIH CTSA program grant UL1TR002537.