Dual Mentorship: Research and Clinical Mentors
A key feature of the M3D PhD Program is dual mentorship of each student. The Research Mentor provides laboratory space and supervises thesis research; and the Clinical Mentor promotes and facilitates awareness of the clinical significance of the project. Faculty mentors are linked below and on the sidebar.
Excellent mentorship at the interface of basic science and medicine is the cornerstone of PhD training. The M3D Ph.D. Program is a collaborative effort among the Departments of Medicine, Pathology and Pediatrics. Faculty laboratories are located at the University of Washington Medical Center or South Lake Union Campus; Seattle Childrens Research Institute; and Bloodworks NW.
Students may carry out PhD research with faculty members holding a primary academic appointment in the Department of Medicine, Pathology or Pediatrics. Qualified faculty from other departments may train M3D PhD Program students, provided that the faculty member commits to support the student throughout the entire training period.
The Clinical Mentor promotes and facilitates awareness of the clinical significance of the project. Faculty with clinical expertise in any department may serve as Clinical Mentors.
M3D requires that faculty serving as research mentors to our students who have not previously mentored at least two PhD students are included on a student’s Supervisory Committee as a Senior Co-mentor. This is a faculty member who has a strong PhD training record and is, in effect, the research mentor’s mentor. The Senior Co-mentor is asked to write a training update to the M3D office after each of the student’s committee meetings (i.e. annually) that documents progress of the student and of the junior faculty member.
It’s up to each faculty member to identify the Senior Co-mentor, establish his/her willingness to assist, and to follow up after the committee meetings to be sure that M3D is provided with the training update.
The Senior Co-mentor may be a member of any department. There can be an advantage to a junior faculty member in including someone from his/her own department, as they may be able to provide useful advice and insights for career development.