Another novel and important aspect of the KRESCENT program is a built-in mentoring system that will facilitate career development. Trainees at the Fellowship level will meet with the group of Program Mentors at the twice-yearly workshops, and interact in a Career Development Workshop setting. New Investigator Awardees, on the other hand, will be paired with a specific Program Mentor, expert in his/her field of research (i.e. biomedical, clinical, health services, population health). Accordingly, the KRESCENT program provides level-specific mentorship, which does not conflict with the important mentorship role of the research supervisor during the Fellowship period. Program Mentors will receive progress reports on individual trainees, from their supervisors and the Program Steering Committee. Thus, for Fellowship-level trainees, the roles of the mentor and supervisor are distinct and complimentary:
- The Research Supervisor directs all of the research work relevant to the trainee’s research program, and is considered the lead mentor.
- The Program Mentor evaluates progress with respect to the KRESCENT program,
||ensures that the goals of the KRESCENT program are met,
||facilitates changes, if needed, to optimize training,
||facilitates career transition counselling, negotiation of academic appointment, consideration of options for Faculty positions, etc.
During the first three years of a faculty position (New Investigator Awardees), it is expected that the candidate and designated Program mentor will interact at least two times a year. The mentor will advise the candidate with regards to the provision of conditions/resources required to sustain an independent career in research. If required, the mentor will suggest changes to the candidate or will help the candidate interact with his institution in order to secure, on a long-term basis, the optimal research conditions. More specifically, the mentor will assist in:
- Reviewing the percentage of protected time for research required and provided.
- Reviewing the resources available to the candidate to assist in development of the research program.
- Helping the candidate to evaluate the quality of the research environment, and suggesting changes that might be required, including development of collaborative relationships, which might foster knowledge translation.
- Providing assistance and guidance with regards to grant writing, manuscript preparation, and research directions.