Information for Mentors

The Scholarly Concentrations program is under the direction of Clea Sarnquist, DrPH, MPH, Director of the Scholarly Concentrations Program. Please contact Clea Sarnquist for more information about the program.

If you are working on a research project and are interested in working with a resident, please complete this form and email it to Clea Sarnquist. Thank you for being a Scholarly Project Mentor for our pediatric residents. As a mentor, you play a critical role in educating our residents and in helping them build skills in research and scholarship. We hope that through your efforts and dedication, all our residents have a meaningful experience with academic medicine and achieve their maximum potential as emerging leaders in the field. We also hope that as mentors, you derive personal satisfaction from your experience and feel supported in your role.

Expectations for Residents

  • The ACGME requires all residents to participate in scholarly activities. The Scholarly Concentrations program is a residency requirement. During the course of their training, all residents are expected to:
    • Ask a scholarly question
    • Select a research mentor
    • Determine the appropriate methods for answering their question
    • Carry out their scholarly project
    • Disseminate their work in oral and written form
  • Required Activities 
    • Apply to Scholarly Concentration area (January, PGY1)
    • Complete CITI Training (June, PGY1)
    • Select a Research Mentor (August, PGY2)
    • Submit Project Proposal Form to Project Mentor, Scholarly Concentration Leader and SC Program Director (December, PGY2)
    • Submit and Present Abstract at Department of Pediatrics Annual Research Retreat (April, PGY3)
  • Required Education
    • Participate in Six Half-Day Research Retreats (Fall-Winter, PGY1-3)
    • Participate in Core Educational Block Rotations Specific to Concentration Area (Fall, PGY2)

Resources for Mentors

Additional Reading: 

  • Abedin, Z., Biskup, E., Silet, K., Garbutt, J. M., Kroenke, K., Feldman, M. D., . . . Pincus, H. A. (2012). Deriving Competencies for Mentors of Clinical and Translational Scholars. Clinical and Translational Science, 5(3), 273-280. doi:10.1111/j.1752-8062.2011.00366.x; 10.1111/j.1752-8062.2011.00366.x
  • Berk, R. A. P., Berg, Janet, MS, RN, Mortimer, Rosemary, MS, MSEd, RN, Walton-Moss, Benita, DNS, RN, & Yeo, Theresa P., MSN, MPH, RN. (2005). Measuring the Effectiveness of Faculty Mentoring Relationships. Academic Medicine, 80(1), 66-71.
  • Cho, C. S., Ramanan, R. A., & Feldman, M. D. (2011). Defining the ideal qualities of mentorship: a qualitative analysis of the characteristics of outstanding mentors. The American Journal of Medicine, 124(5), 453-458. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2010.12.007 
  • Feldman MD, Huang L, Guglielmo BJ, Jordan R, Kahn J, Creasman JM, Wiener-Kronish JP, Lee KA, Tehrani A, Yaffe K, Brown JS. Training the next generation of research mentors: the University of California, San Francisco, Clinical & Translational Science Institute Mentor Development Program. Clin Transl Sci 2009;2(3):216-21.
  • Huskins, W.C, et al. Identifying and aligning expectations in a mentoring relationship. Clin Transl Sci 2011;4(6):439-447.
  • Jackson VA, Palepu A, Szalacha L, Caswell C, Carr PL, Inui T. "Having the right chemistry": A qualitative study of mentoring in academic medicine. Acad Med. 2003;78(3):328-334.
  • Lee A, Dennis C, Campbell P. Nature’s guide for mentors. Nature 2007;447:791-7.

Additional Resources

Pediatric Residency Program Grants

For Research Grant review criteria, please click here.

Quantitative Sciences Unit (QSU)


Spectrum assists researchers in conducting clinical and translational research studies at Stanford University. This is accomplished through programs that support investigators at all stages of research, including mentorship and education to Stanford faculty and residents.
Spectrum offers a free one-hour consultation for help with all aspects of study design, including ethics, biostatistics and data collection. They also offer study-design workshops to meet with members of the biostatistics staff at Stanford and collaboratively develop a research plan.

LANE Library

  • Offers classes and tutorials on conducting effective and efficient literature searches and other topics relevant to research 
  • For help with the literature search, contact Chris Stave, Clinical Librarian for the Pediatrics Department.

Manuscript Support

All residents can request feedback and guidance on writing a manuscript through their primary mentor or by contacting Clea Sarnquist, DrPH, MPH.

Poster Printing

  • The residency program funds poster printing services for all residents. To benefit from this service, residents should submit all posters as .pdf and .ppt files to Michelle Brooks ( at least 2 weeks in advance of their needed date. Residents must specify poster size preferences in their email.
  • Poster templates and design tips