October 2014

Posted Date:
May 11, 2018

News and Congratulations

Mentorship is integral to a successful career in clinical and translational research and it is a pillar of the Weill Cornell CTSC Training and Education program. Our TL1 Trainees, KL2 Scholars, and Master’s Degree in Clinical & Translational Investigation candidates are required, as part of their training, to develop mentoring teams that leverage disparate areas of expertise across departments and institutions.  


How to establish, maintain, and increase productivity in mentoring are important questions that we have been asked by potential candidates applying to CTSC Training and Education programs, as well as current students and alumni. Starting this fall we have developed special programming with this in mind, two workshops presented by experts in the field of faculty mentoring, to address these very questions and provide complementary training for those seeking mentoring, those currently being mentored, and those who are mentoring. Mentors and mentees at all different professional levels are welcome to attend.


“Finding and Navigating Mentoring: How to Find an Effective Mentor,” on October 14th, will provide insight into the process of identifying potential mentors through presentations and interactive activities. The presentation and discussion will cover topics such as finding mentors outside of your institution, how to work with a mentor, and how to be an effective mentee and what is an effective mentor. Attendees will be able to sign up for one-on-one consultation with the guest speakers after the presentations. If you interested in applying to any one of the CTSC Education and Training Award Programs, the RFA will be announced in November, and it is highly recommended that you attend this workshop.


“Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring: How to be an Effective Mentor” is a two-day workshop on November 12th and 13th that will prepare junior and senior faculty to be effective research mentors. Presentation and discussion will cover topics such as mentoring models, mentor roles and responsibilities, structure and dynamics of the mentoring relationship, and strategies for facilitating and addressing challenges to the mentoring process. The 2-day format of lectures and small-group facilitated discussions will engage learners through presentations and other interactive activities. The presenters will also introduce attendees to a free online curriculum for mentor training that is designed to improve users' mentoring knowledge and skills, while encouraging reflection about one's mentoring behaviors and providing tools to support the mentoring process.


Please find event details and registration information below:

Finding and Navigating Mentoring: How to Find an Effective Mentor 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 
The Griffis Faculty Club 
Located at 1300 York Avenue

  • 9am to 12pm: presentations and interactive activities
  • 12pm to 1pm: one-on-one consultations

Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring: How to be an Effective Mentor 
Tuesday, November 11th & Wednesday November 12th 
The Griffis Faculty Club
Located at 1300 York Avenue

Day 1: 1300 York Avenue, The Griffis Faculty Club

  • 8:30am: Registration and Breakfast
  • 9am-12pm: Introduction to Mentoring Best Practices
  • 12-1pm: Lunch
  • 1-3pm: Mentoring Maladies: A case-based presentation that will discuss recognizing and overcoming challenges in your mentoring relationships. This session is designed for both mentors and mentees.

Day 2: 1300 York Avenue, The Griffis Faculty Club

  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 9am-12pm: Competency-Based Mentor Training (small group sessions)
    • Competencies covered may include:
      • 1. Effective Communication
      • 2. Aligning Expectations
      • 3. Equity and Inclusion
      • 4. Fostering Independence
  • 12-1pm: Lunch
  • 1-3pm: Continuation of Competency-Based Mentor Training (small group sessions)



News & Congratulations

CTSC Associate Program Director Chaired a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Advisory Panel
Dr. Alvin Mushlin, CTSC Associate Program Director chaired an advisory panel at the Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options Meeting this past April. Dr. Mushlin, Weill Cornell Medical College Professor of Medicine and Health Policy Research and the Nanette Laitman Distinguished Professor of Public Health, was chosen to lead this panel for a period of two years. Please read more about this honor here.

CTSC Associate Program Director Receives Excellence in Teaching Award
Congratulations to Dr. Olaf Andersen, CTSC Associate Program Director, for receiving an Excellence in Teaching Award

Other CTSC Award recipients were:

  • Erika L. Abramson, M.D. — CTEP MS Alumna currently mentoring KL2 Scholar, Danielle Novetsky-Friedman
  • Nicole E. Kucine, M.D. — CTEP KL2 Scholar Alumna
  • Thomas J. Walsh, M.D. — CTEP Mentor to MS alumna, Samantha Jacobs and to former KL2 Scholar, Michael Satlin


Tuesday, October 7: CTSC Translating Novel Scientific Concepts into Innovative Products in Health Care
This session is part of an ongoing series on science, methodology, and approach to the translation of science into a product available for use in health care. Featured weekly speakers are scientists, professionals, and executives in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Presentations will be held at 1300 York Avenue, Room A-250, from 4-6pm. All are welcome.

Schedule of October presentations:

Tuesday, October 7

  • Designs of Large Studies for Proof of Efficacy and Safety. Barry Gertz, MD, PhD, Ex-Senior Vice President and Head, Global Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs at Merck
  • Study Investigators, Patient Recruitment, Monitoring, Data Collection. Elizabeth Stoner, MD, MS: Chief Development Officer and Founder, Rhythm Pharmaceuticals

Tuesday, October 14

  • Analysis, Report, Publications. Briggs Morrison, MD, Executive Vice President, AstraZeneca
  • Worldwide Regulatory Systems for Approval for Marketing. Shari L. Targum, MD: Medical Team Leader, Division of Cardiovascular and Renal Products, CDER at FDA

Tuesday, October 21

  • Risks, Failures, Successes, Rewards, Comparative Effectiveness and Demonstration of Value Proposition. Roger Longman, MA, Chief Executive Officer, Real Endpoints, LLC
  • How Drug Development Gets Funded & Opportunities for Entrepreneurs. Richard Pasternak, MD: Clinical Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Tuesday, October 28

Accuracy, Honesty and Lack of Bias in Studies: The Cost of Pursuing False Hypotheses Due to Irreproducible Preclinical and Clinical Data. Mervyn J. Turner, PhD, Ex-Chief Strategy Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.


Thursday, October 9: Controversies in Research Ethics Seminars
The CTSC and the WCMC Division of Medical Ethics present, "Controversies in Research Ethics," a seminar series hosted by CTSC Course Director, Dr. Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, Professor of Medical Ethics in Medicine and WCMC Reproductive Medicine, and Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research. The topics of the seminars are:

  • Academia-Industry Collaborations: Ethical Issues (Thursday, October 9)
  • Is There a Moral Duty to Participate in Biomedical Research? (Thursday, November 20)
  • Research wtih Children: Ethical Issues (Thursday, December 4)

Each session will meet from 5:00 - 6:00pm in room A-106 at 1300 York Avenue. For more information please call the Division of Medical Ethics at (212) 746-4246.


Friday, November 7: CTSC Research in Progress Luncheon
The next Research in Progress luncheon will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 12:30 - 1:30pm, in the Payson Solarium (P-224) and hosted by Dr. Marcus Reidenberg. 

Featured presenters are: 

  • Elan Diamond, MD, CTSC Master's Degree Candidate and Clinical Fellow in Hematology and Medical Oncology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Diamond will be presenting on his MS project, "The Taxynergy Trial: Predicting Drug Efficacy Through Drug Target Engagement in Prostatic Circulating Tumor Cells."
  • Adriana Rossi, MD, CTSC KL2 Scholar and Assistant Professor of Medicine in Hematology and Oncology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Rossi will be presenting on her KL2 project, "Minimal Residual Disease Evaluation in Multiple Myeloma."
  • Katherine Van Oss, MD, CTSC Master's Degree Candidate and Preventative Medicine Resident in Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Van Oss will be presenting on her MS project, "Voices Through Cameras: Learning About the Experiences and Challenges of Minority Government-Insured Overweight and Obese New York City Adolescents Using Photovoice."


Please RSVP by Monday, November 3, to ctsc_k30@med.cornell.edu


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