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The goal of the Mentoring, Education and Training (MET) Program is to provide a foundation for the success of junior faculty members (mentee), up to Assistant Professor, at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Mentors include tenured/full clinical and research scholars. Our Mentors have the ability to contribute significantly to the development of their mentees’ research, teaching and clinical skills, particularly with respect to career satisfaction, career management and networking opportunities. The purpose of the MET Program is to transition, assist and propel junior members and promote the advancement and retention of the mentees into our next generation of cancer focused academic physicians and research leaders.

All cancer center members are encouraged to participate in the cancer center MET Program. Applications will open soon for the upcoming cycle. For more information, please contact Brian McClendon at 714-456-3628.


Lari WenzelLari Wenzel, PhD
Deputy Director for Mentoring, Education and Training

Lari Wenzel, PhD, provides leadership and oversight for the development and administration of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Faculty Mentoring Program. In addition, she serves as liaison with department chairs and mentoring facilitators.  Wenzel is a full member of the Cancer Prevention and Prognosis Research Program in the cancer center and is professor in the Program in Public Health, the Department of Medicine and the Health Policy Research Institute in the College of Health Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. She also serves as associate dean for Faculty Development in the School of Medicine. Wenzel has had substantial experience developing and supervising the implementation of counseling interventions, including those to enhance quality of life and cancer survivorship. Her extensive experience in quality of life (QOL) research in cancer survivors and in mentoring junior faculty members in her School of Medicine associate dean’s role makes her well qualified to be named deputy director for Mentoring, Education and Training.


MET Panel 

The MET Panel occurs annually at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Scientific Retreat during the month of September in Palm Springs.  Three junior faculty cancer center members are nominated and selected to present his/her research and career goals to the closed panel of 4-5 faculty members.  The breakdown of the 30 minute presentation/discussion for each junior faculty member is as follows:

10 minutes          PowerPoint presentation to introduce the panel to his/her science
10 minutes          Q&A on his/her research
10 minutes          Interactive career goals discussion between junior faculty and senior faculty

To participate in the MET Panel, please complete the MET application.


Benefits of Mentoring

   Benefits to a Mentee

  • You benefit from the experience interdisciplinary senior faculty cancer center members who can assist you in the transition to achieving academic success.
  • You receive advice on how to set professional priorities.
  • You receive support and honest informal feedback.
  • You obtain knowledge of skills for showcasing one's own work.
  • You are provided a perspective on long-term career planning.
  • You increase communication about what is happening in other areas of the university and cancer center.

   Benefits to a Mentor

  • You have the opportunity to assist in the development and help shape the career of junior faculty by sharing your ideas, experiences, ethics, and professionalism. 
  • You can experience professional and personal growth.
  • You provide a valuable service to the institution and to the future of your discipline. 
  • You extend your network to other cancer researchers.

   Benefits to the Cancer Center

  • Improved academic success
  • Enhanced organizational culture
  • Enhanced organizational communication and networking