Mentoring your mentor
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Takeaways from today's episode: 

  • Traditional mentoring is often ad-hoc and vague whereas a structured mentoring programme with the right tools, resources and recognition is more effective.
  • Mentees should be responsible for setting up research agenda and lead discussion with mentors and take ownership of careers and research projects
  • A mentor owes time and should be accessible to impart essential skills for research and life skills, and a mentee should show gratitude to the mentor
  • Mentorship should be agenda-driven with written agreements of action items between mentor and mentee, serving as a living proof of progress
  • Having a clear mentorship structure which maintains respect and cultural expectations, overcomes barriers  of hierarchy 


Mentoring the mentors article by Gandhi et al.:

Creating More Effective Mentors by Gandhi et al.:

What makes a good mentor:


Guest information

Monica Gandhi MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine and Associate Division Chief (Clinical Operations/ Education) of the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at UCSF/ San Francisco General Hospital. She also serves as the Director of the UCSF Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the Medical Director of the HIV Clinic at SFGH.

Contact Monica @MonicaGandhi9

Dr. Vidya Mave is Leader and Director of Johns Hopkins University–India Clinical Research Program located in Pune, India as well as Assistant Professor of Medicine with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Mave has an extensive record of research in India on TB, HIV/AIDS, and antimicrobial resistance. Her research work funded by US and Indian government agencies as well as national and international foundations, focuses on TB comorbidities including diabetes and HIV; the use of novel tools including hair pharmacokinetics (Dr Monica Gandhi as her mentor), whole genome sequencing, and host biomarkers to study TB treatment outcomes.

Soundbite: Dr. Joseph Tucker is an Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Associate Professor of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill, Director of UNC Project-China, and Chairman of SESH Global. Connect with Joe @JosephTucker



Editing by Mariana Vaz,

Research: Alice Matimba and Isabela Malta

Producers: Alice Matimba (Senior Producer), Isabela Malta (Producer), Christine Boinett (Creator and Executive producer), Emmanuela Oppong (Producer).

Host: Christine Boinett

Marketing: Catherine Holmes




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