MENTORING, EDUCATION AND TRAINING
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 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.
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
Benefits to a Mentor
Benefits to the Cancer Center