Supporting Mentorship in Anesthesia Research through Training (SMART)

The SMART Program is designed to enhance mentorship capacity in the department by developing necessary skills in mentors through evidence-based training methods.


The SMART Program will consist of two 3-hour sessions (total of 6 hours of instruction) combining case-based discussions in small and large group sessions. Cases will be tailored to the needs of the attendees. The instruction for both sessions will be led by two trained facilitators. Duke has a total of 12 such facilitators across the School of Medicine to assist with the program. The program will be focused on clinician scientists and translational science faculty mentors who are engaged in mentoring junior faculty and/or fellows in research.


  • Introductions
  • Maintaining Effective Communication
  • Aligning Expectations
  • Assessing Understanding
  • Addressing Equity and Inclusion
  • Fostering Independence
  • Promoting Professional Development
  • Articulating Your Mentoring Philosophy and Plan

Program Completion

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Certificate of Completion of the SMART Program

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Duke SoM Mentorship Course Certificate

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Responsible Conduct of Research Training Credit

Meet the 2021-22 Mentor Class

MBBS; Jeanna D. Blitz, MD, FASA; W. Jonathan Dunkman, MD; Sarada Eleswarpu, MD; Heath Gasier, PhD; Nicole R. Guinn, MD; Michael L. Kent, MD, MSQM; Evan Kharasch, MD, PhD; Negmeldeen Mamoun, MD, PhD; Michael W. Manning, MD, PhD; Grace C. McCarthy, MD; Abigail H. Melnick, MD; Steven Melton, MD; Andrea G. Nackley, PhD; Angela Pollak, MD; Jamie R. Privratsky, MD, PhD; Karthik Raghunathan, MBBS, MPH; Kevin Vorenkamp, MD, FASA; Kerri M. Wahl, MD, FRCP(C)

The SMART class will comprise up to 20 mentors in Duke Anesthesiology who meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time, regular rank faculty
  • Engaged in clinical or translational research
  • Have at least one junior faculty and/or fellow as a mentee on a research project
  • Must have completed at least 5 years as Duke faculty, or have completed the ABLE program
  • Must be able to commit to attending both sessions
  • Must have the support of their division chief

The selection process will prioritize diversity and encourage the inclusion of under-represented minority faculty.

  • The SMART Program will be conducted on October 28, 2021 – Session 1, and November 4, 2021 – Session 2. Both sessions will be from 5 pm to 8 pm.
  • The 2021 sessions will be held at the Duke South Amphitheater.
  • Food and refreshments will be provided at both sessions.

Apply Here

  • Program announced: June 8, 2021
  • Call for mentors opens: June 15, 2021
  • Deadline for applications: July 1, 2021
  • Mentors announced: July 6, 2021
  • Program wraps up: Nov 4, 2021


Contact Danielle Corrigan-Webster, program coordinator, at or 919-613-4560.

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