Departmental mentoring climate guidelines to increase recruitment, retention, and trainee success

Strong mentorship has been shown to improve the diversity of the biomedical workforce. Yet, many early career researchers, particularly those from underrepresented minority (URM) backgrounds, report that their academic departments do not effectively support or incentivize quality mentorship. To address this gap, Future of Research
organized a meeting to develop mentoring climate guidelines for academic departments. With support from experts in the field of mentoring, we used the available evidence-based research on mentorship, the expertise of departmental leaders, and the experience of early career researchers to develop a set of guidelines to be used as an assessment tool by departmental leaders wishing to commit to actionable improvement.