"The primary mission of an academic medical institution is to ensure values, standards and practices of science are effectively transmitted from one generation to another… a core component of this process is mentoring"
UTMB has a long history of successfully mentoring scientists throughout their careers. Traditionally, most investigators learn to mentor by imitating their own teachers and through informal observations and experiences. While valuable, this approach doesn’t fully address the complexity of developing the next generation of researchers.
In an effort to improve the quality of mentoring and multidisciplinary research at UTMB, the Institute for Translational Sciences (ITS) developed the ARM - an integral component of the institution’s Clinical and Translational Science Award. In May 2012, the ARM was formally established with the charge of serving all academic components of UTMB. In 2018, ARM became integrated under the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.
Accordingly, the ARM is engaged in the following:
- Developing faculty mentoring and team research skills
- Setting standards for mentoring and team research excellence
- Promoting mentoring and team innovation
- Improving the number and quality of mentors and teams by recognizing and rewarding excellence in mentoring and team-based research