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Welcome to the Mentoring Resources Web Site

'The first thing I've got to do,' said Alice to herself, as she wandered about in the wood, 'is to grow to my right size again; and the second thing is to find my way into that lovely garden. I think that will be the best plan.' It sounded an excellent plan, no doubt, and very neatly and simply arranged; the only difficulty was, that she had not the smallest idea how to set about it.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


Getting started in academia can be likened to Alice in Wonderland falling down the rabbit hole. You will encounter new and sometimes decidedly odd characters; you will be confused sometimes about which way is up; you will sometimes wish that achieving your career goals was as simple as nibbling on a bit of cake. We believe that the key to successfully navigating this wonderland is mentorship. Effective mentoring can mean the difference between reaching independence and missing the mark. This Web site (sponsored by the Institute for Clinical Research Education at the University of Pittsburgh) serves as a knowledge base and provides resources for mentees and mentors at every stage. Whether you are just getting started or are looking for ways to get more out of the mentoring relationship, you will find resources to help you on your way. We explore topics such as deciding on the right mentoring model, communicating effectively, giving and receiving feedback, and finding strategies for problem solving.

Feel free to read our articles (choose a topic from the menu on the left). We have many of the tools needed to enhance your mentoring experience whether you are a mentor or mentee.

'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?' 'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat. 'I don't much care where—' said Alice. 'Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


If you need help finding a mentor, please use our searchable database of ICRE mentors click here.


"It was also good to have the community of other young scholars from all the schools of the health sciences to bounce ideas off each other, and to learn about new opportunities."

—Former ICRE Trainee