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AAMC Career Development Program for MOSAIC Scholars

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The AAMC Career Development Program for Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Scholars will provide a multichannel educational program for cohorts of National Institutes of Health (NIH)-awarded K99/R00 scholars.

K99/R00 scholars are promising post-doctoral researchers with a research or clinical doctorate degree. MOSAIC K99/R00 scholars will hail from diverse backgrounds, for example from groups underrepresented in research, as they transition from postdoctoral appointments into academic research faculty positions. 

The AAMC will engage the MOSAIC scholars in a curriculum throughout all award years that includes skills-building workshop participation, immersive activities with their local institutional and AAMC-identified mentors, and leadership and professional development conference attendance with field experts and peers nationwide.

Local mentors and institutional leaders will also be engaged to promote dissemination of promising mentoring, career development, and other institutional practices to foster a diverse workforce.

Learn more about the AAMC Career Development Program for MOSAIC Scholars below.

For more information about this program, please contact us.

About MOSAIC and the AAMC

About the MOSAIC Program

The goal of the MOSAIC program is to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds into independent faculty careers in research-intensive institutions. 

The program consists of two components: an institutionally-focused research education cooperative agreement (UE5) and an individual postdoctoral career transition award (K99/R00) to enhance diversity. The AAMC, along with the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the American Society for Cell Biology, are the three UE5 grantees.

About the AAMC

A not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research, the AAMC serves and leads the academic medicine community to improve the health of all.

The AAMC is committed to increasing the diversity, equity, and inclusion of the biomedical research workforce. 

Learn more about the leadership team for the AAMC Career Development Program for MOSAIC Scholars.

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Information for Potential Scholars

How to Apply

Scholars are recipients of the NIH MOSAIC K99/R00 funding opportunity. This award is designed to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds into independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions at research-intensive institutions. NIH staff will assign awarded scholars to UE5-awarded scientific and career development cohorts.  For more information, please see MOSAIC Frequently Asked Questions.

Program Activities

As part of the AAMC Career Development Program for MOSAIC Scholars, you will participate in a variety of skills-building activities, leadership and professional development, and networking. These activities include the following:

  • An orientation webinar with the AAMC to introduce you to the program.
  • Two, 2-day AAMC-hosted skills building workshops and intersession work to apply the skills taught in the workshops.
  • An applied learning project that aligns with your professional development goals, such as the development of a leadership skill or application of a framework or concept learned in the program.
  • Regular engagement with an AAMC-identified mentor throughout the years of the program.
  • Access to the AAMC MOSAIC MyGroup virtual community hosted by the National Research Mentoring Network to engage in culturally responsive mentorship.
  • Yearly 1.5-day networking and learning events held at AAMC-member institutions with scholars from multiple cohorts.
  • Attending either the AAMC Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar or Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar during your second or third year of the program.
  • Access to an extensive network of faculty and leadership at AAMC-member institutions- across disciplines, medical specialties, and types of graduate degrees (MD, MD-PhD, and PhD) and AAMC-communication resources.

  • Access to various AAMC professional development and leadership resources, including existing resources such as Leading in Difficult Times, a virtual resource library about leading in difficult times, with a focus on managing self, leading others, and leading your organization. New resources will be developed as part of the MOSAIC curriculum.

The AAMC MOSAIC curriculum engages scholars throughout all years of their award. This table (PDF) offers an overview of the curriculum by year.

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Information for Potential Mentors

Engagement of Local Mentors and Research Leadership

The scholars’ local mentors and institutional leaders will be engaged throughout the program. This engagement will help foster each scholar’s experience in the program and encourage the implementation of evidence-based approaches to enhance diversity more broadly at the participating institutions. As a local mentor, you will:

  • Participate in an orientation webinar with the AAMC to introduce you to the program.
  • Attend yearly virtual meetings of institutional virtual mentors and research leadership to share strategies for supporting scholars locally.
  • Participate in webinars prior to each of the scholar workshops to be better positioned to adopt some of this learning for their local postdoctoral and early-career researchers.
  • Receive a scholar debrief after each workshop to learn about the scholars’ experience.
  • Attend the networking and learning events held at AAMC-member institutions with scholars from multiple cohorts during the scholars’ second year in the program

Seeking AAMC-Identified Mentors

The AAMC is looking for faculty and leaders at AAMC-member institutions to help nurture the careers of MOSAIC scholars as they transition from postdoctoral to academic research faculty positions. 

Mentors will be selected by the AAMC through mentor-matching based on the scholar’s development interests, needs, and other characteristics such as discipline, specialty and degree. As a mentor, you will:

  • Participate in an orientation webinar with the AAMC to introduce you to the program
  • Attend the first scholar skills-building workshop, which will serve as the kick-off for engaging with your mentee, and receive mentor training conducted by the Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER)
  • Meet with your mentee virtually at least monthly during the K phase and transition to faculty and continue meeting at least once every other month until mentee graduation facilitated through the AAMC My Group, an exclusive environment for engaging in culturally responsive mentoring relationships based on the evidenced-based curriculum developed by the National Research Mentoring Network (NIH)
  • Engage scholars in career planning discussions and provide coaching on grant writing

More information is coming soon about how to apply to serve as a mentor.

Please contact the AAMC if you wish to express interest.

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The MOSAIC program is supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number UE5GM139181.  The content of the website is the responsibility of the AAMC and does not necessarily represent the official view of the National Institutes of Health.