The CFAR [Center for AIDS Research] Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS) group proposes to develop and implement a new comprehensive mentoring program to facilitate successful growth and development of the next generation of HIV investigators with diverse backgrounds to support multidisciplinary HIV research. The mentoring program will link early career investigators and senior mentors focusing on data within the established CNICS research platform. CNICS is an NIH funded project consisting of well curated common clinical data elements derived from the electronic health records at eight CFARs. Specifically, we will target post doctoral and assistant professors from: (1) underrepresented racial and ethnic groups;(2) persons with disabilities who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;(3) individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds or (4) individuals who come from a social, cultural, or educational environment that inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career. The mentoring program will be composed of five components: 1) A two-day intensive course focused on mentors to assist with building the required skills and sensitivities to mentor individuals from diverse backgrounds;2) A Web-accessed site to inform and match early career mentees interested in receiving mentoring with senior mentors who have been trained as effective mentors;3) A workshop for mentees ofthe important information essential for academic career development;4) Enhance opportunities through the use of social networking technology (Facebook and Twitter) for networking and collaboration among early career investigators;5) Expand CNICS data elements to support careers for persons with a focus on mental health and behavioral health.

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Mentoring new investigators dedicated to multidisciplinary HIV research is critical to stem the tide ofthe HIV/AIDS epidemic. To accomplish our mission of training, educating, and networking the next generation of HIV scientists, we will create an innovative national mentoring network that will enhance the skills of mentors and link them to mentees specifically to increase the diversity among successful early career investigators

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Gandhi, Monica; Johnson, Mallory (2016) Creating More Effective Mentors: Mentoring the Mentor. AIDS Behav 20 Suppl 2:294-303
Johnson, Mallory O; Gandhi, Monica (2015) A mentor training program improves mentoring competency for researchers working with early-career investigators from underrepresented backgrounds. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract 20:683-9
Gandhi, Monica; Fernandez, Alicia; Stoff, David M et al. (2014) Development and implementation of a workshop to enhance the effectiveness of mentors working with diverse mentees in HIV research. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses 30:730-7