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Reminder: Applications for the Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Due February 26th, 2016 

The University of Colorado School of Medicine Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists (CU-FRCS) is one of 10 national programs funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. It provides a seed grant and mentoring program for junior faculty physicians—women and men—who face hardship from demands at home that place their careers at risk. Up to five scholars will be funded annually for one year awards of $43,333.

Program co-director Judy Regensteiner, PhD, underscores the university’s goal of retaining physician scientists. “The Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists addresses the critical issue of young physician researchers leaving academic research because of the difficulties of being a researcher in the face of windows of vulnerability and personal hardship,” she said. “If we can retain some of these scientists, important research areas may be addressed that might otherwise have not been addressed and people will benefit.”

Click here for eligibility criteria and application information. Submit your application by Friday, February 26 to Program Assistant Rachel Aerne For more information, contact program directors Judy Regensteiner, PhD (PI/PD) or Anne Libby, PhD (Co-PI/PD).

Enroll in the Colorado Mentoring Training Program (CO-Mentor): 

What strengths do you bring to the team? What strengths do others see in you?
By Anne ​Libby and Greg Austin

Most of us think that everyone sees things the same way we do. We usually think that what we say and do is clear and understandable, and that we, in turn, understand other people’s behaviors and intentions. We also think that people see us the way we see ourselves. You may have talents that can be consistently applied in order to achieve success—the definition of a personal strength—and you expect others see that you possess these strengths. But is that true? Do people recognize the same strengths in you for which you would like to be known? Is it possible that others recognize strengths in you that you are not even fully aware of, especially if it is an undeveloped strength that needs practice to grow? We can assess observed strengths and analyze the information for professional and personal development in workshop activities in the Colorado Mentoring Training Program (CO-Mentor).

In CO-Mentor, we enroll pairs of faculty mentors and mentees in dyads to work together on skill building in self-knowledge and communication using important academic products as the means to learn new skills. In the context of practicing mentoring skills, we review CVs, write personal statements for biosketches and assess values for effective goal setting and negotiation. We also master networking and giving and receiving feedback, writing effective letters of support and building a complete mentorship team. We work together to improve work-life balance and learn about money and personal career planning. Now in its 6th year, the CO-Mentor program is free to 25 faculty mentors and their mentees annually and fills every year. Enrollment is conducted online each May.

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