Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 32, Issue 6, pp 493–497

Peer-Mentored Research Development Meeting: A Model for Successful Peer Mentoring Among Junior Level Researchers

  • Aimee K. Santucci
  • Jennifer H. Lingler
  • Karen L. Schmidt
  • Beth A. D. Nolan
  • Dawn Thatcher
  • Deborah E. Polk
Original Article

DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.32.6.493

Cite this article as:
Santucci, A.K., Lingler, J.H., Schmidt, K.L. et al. Acad Psychiatry (2008) 32: 493. doi:10.1176/appi.ap.32.6.493

Abstract

Objective

This report describes a model for the development, process, and tracking methods of a Peer-mentored Research Development Meeting (PRDM), an interdisciplinary peer mentoring program. The program was initiated in 2004 by a group of post-doctoral scholars and junior faculty from the Schools of the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

Method

From February 2004 through February 2006, PRDM’s first five members tracked and documented their research activity (e.g., manuscripts, grants) every 4 months. The defining features of PRDM are adherence to a structured frequency and format for meetings, systematic tracking and evaluation of research development activities, and maintenance of ongoing relationships with senior mentors.

Results

During the 24-month data collection period, members were involved in 91 research development projects including grant applications, journal article manuscripts, book chapters, and conference abstracts. Members’ productivity increased during the 24-month period, as did the efficiency and focus of the completed projects.

Conclusion

Members increased the efficiency and focus of their research development activities during the study period. Structured peer-mentoring groups have the potential to enhance research productivity among junior investigators in research intensive environments.

Copyright information

© Academic Psychiatry 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aimee K. Santucci
    • 1
  • Jennifer H. Lingler
    • 2
  • Karen L. Schmidt
    • 2
  • Beth A. D. Nolan
    • 3
  • Dawn Thatcher
    • 2
  • Deborah E. Polk
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Research on Health CareUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Institute for Evaluation Science in Community Health, Graduate School of Public HealthUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  4. 4.Departments of Dental Public Health and Information ManagementUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  5. 5.General Internal MedicineUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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