Academy Mentoring Program2018-11-05T17:19:10-05:00

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The Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research is launching an exciting new program aimed at providing mentorship opportunities for the Academy’s membership. The mentorship program will strive to:

  • Improve the success rate for securing any NIH Research Project Grants
  • Share insights on career- and/or research-specific issues
  • Add networking opportunities across a broader section of Academy members


Who is eligible:

Mentors – The Academy’s Distinguished Investigators (DI) from any year are eligible to be mentors.

Mentees – The Academy’s Early Career Investigators or any early-stage researcher employed at an Academy-member institution are eligible.


Two mentorship paths:

Career: This will be an opportunity that lasts from one day up to six months for those interested in a fast-paced experience for career issues requiring minimal duration. This would be primarily a few phone calls and/or in-person meetings. The time frame will be mutually agreed upon by the mentor and mentee.

Grant: This will be for those working on research grant opportunities and can last from six months and up to twelve months. This would include more frequent and longer interactions, possibly leading to significant research collaboration. The time frame will be mutually agreed upon by the mentor and mentee.


The Scope of the Mentoring:

  • Large group events and/or workshops designed to provide mentees with the tools and knowledge they need to write a successful R01 application. The NIBIB has offered to produce a live webinar on this subject.
  • Self-directed interdisciplinary peer group activities of 4-5 mentees and their mentors (to be held during national conferences of imaging societies). The participants share and review each other’s proposal plans and provide constructive feedback and discuss challenges common to the group.
  • One-on-one mentor/mentee phone calls/meetings/teleconferences: Take place at the discretion of the two participants and occur on a mutually acceptable basis. These can cover research projects, grant writing or career advice.


Does this interest you?

If you are interested in being involved in this program please complete this form: Click here


Next steps:

  1. Academy staff will contact those who express interest.
  2. If you are attending RSNA, there will be a reception on Tuesday, November 28th at 3:30 pm in Room N140 immediately following the DI and Gold Medal Award Ceremony. You can meet your fellow Distinguished Investigators and Early Career Investigators and learn more about the program.
  3. We will match you appropriate mentors and mentees.

The committee overseeing this program is made up of volunteer members. They are:

  • Reed A. Omary, MD, MS, Chair of the Vanderbilt University Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
  • Elizabeth Krupinski, PhD, Vice-Chair for Research, Departments of Radiology & Imaging Sciences, Emory University
  • Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD, PhD, Associate Physician, Department of Radiology, UC San Diego
  • Jadranka Stojanovska, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Director, Cardiac MRI Service, Cardiothoracic Radiology Division, Michigan Medicine

Questions: email Martha Nolan (

The Academy is acting as a facilitator of this program. The success of the relationship between the mentor and the mentee is their mutual responsibility as are the goals set out in common between them.


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