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Compact Between Biomedical Graduate Students and Their Research Advisors

These guiding principles are intended to support the development of a positive mentoring relationship between the pre-doctoral student and their research advisor. A successful student-mentor relationship requires commitment from the student, mentor, graduate program, and institution. This document offers a set of broad guidelines which are meant to initiate discussions at the local and national levels about the student-mentor relationship.

The Compact was prepared by the AAMC Group on Graduate Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) and is modeled on the AAMC Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and Their Mentors. Input on this document was received from the GREAT Group Representatives and the members of the AAMC governance.

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Possible Uses

We encourage members of the biomedical research and graduate education community to utilize and share this document and to adopt those principles that are relevant to their particular program and institution. Among the potential uses that have been suggested are the following:

  • As a starting point for discussions among pre-doctoral students, research advisors, and institutional administrators about the issues addressed by the compact
  • As part of the orientation for new pre-doctoral students
  • As part of a regular and ongoing discussion by the pre-doctoral students and their research advisors as a pledge to uphold its commitments
  • As a topic to be discussed in graduate research programs
  • As a part of the orientation for new research faculty
  • As a topic to be discussed in faculty mentorship programs
  • As a component of faculty evaluations
  • As a tool to initiate the development of additional programs and support services for pre-doctoral students within a graduate research program

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