Mentorship Symposium

SCTR sponsors the Annual Mentorship Training Symposium, a forum for mentors and mentees to engage with peers and experts on different aspects of mentoring and career development.

Attendees hear from thought leaders and faculty experts on best practices, tips for mentoring success, and examples of mentorship ingenuity. The symposium incorporates group discussion, panel talks, and hands-on workshops to promote useful skills and advice for mentors and mentees. All faculty and mentees at MUSC, and our partners and affiliates, are invited and encouraged to join this annual half-day event.


SCTR Mentorship Training Symposium

Friday, October 7, 2022
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


SCTR’s Annual Mentorship Training Symposium on “Wellness and Avoiding Burn Out for Mentors and Mentees” took place virtually. The program featured talks from two nationally-known speakers:

"The role of mentoring to support well-being of clinical translational researchers"
Miriam Bredella, M.D.
Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Clinical Operations, Department of Radiology
Director, Center for Faculty Development Massachusetts General Hospital

"Don’t Let Mentoring Burn You Out"
Ruth Gotian, EdD, MS
Chief Learning Officer in Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor of Education in Anesthesiology
Weill Cornell Medical Center

During the symposium, the following topics were also discussed:
 Challenges in medical academia in the post-COVID era and resiliency
 Wellness resources available for mentors and mentees at MUSC
 Improving productivity without compromising work-life balance

The program concluded with a 60-minute panel discussion addressing questions about wellness from the audience. Participants were encouraged to submit questions ahead of time so as many topics as possible could be covered.

Registration was free but required. The symposium was open to all MUSC faculty, staff, and students and SCTR's partner institutions. 

For any questions, please contact Denise Helton at


Mentoring to Support Better Grant Applications

SCTR’s Annual Mentorship Training Symposium took place virtually on Friday, October 29, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The keynote speaker was Scott Janis, Ph.D., Program Director, Division of Clinical Research, NINDS / NIH. The keynote address was “An Insider’s View on How to Compete Successfully for NIH funding”.

Following the keynote address, there were 5 brief (20 minute) presentations by senior MUSC research faculty on the following topics:

  • K08 / K23 or R01 or R21

  • Setting a Timeline for Grant Writing

  • Content and Grantsmanship

  • Review and Feedback by Mentor

  • Strategies for Resubmissions

The program concluded with Dr. Janis and some successful MUSC researchers participating in a 60-minute panel discussion to answer questions from the audience. Participants were encouraged to submit questions ahead of time so that as many topics as possible could be covered.



Virtual Mentorship Training Symposium

Mentoring in the Age of Digital Technology

Friday, November 20, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Katherine Hartmann, M.D., Ph.D. – Vice President for Research Integration and Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Scientist Development at Vanderbilt University

After the keynote, Dr. Hartmann and MUSC subject matter experts participated in a 60-minute panel discussion sharing their personal experiences, challenges, and tips.

The symposium was open to all faculty, staff, and students at MUSC and our SC partner institutions who are enthusiastic about mentoring.


Dr. Marc Chimowitz

Marc Chimowitz, MBChB

Associate Principal Investigator


Denise Helton
Program Coordinator