The MSM Mentoring Academy serves as an institutional resource, that works collaboratively with the Office of Faculty Development to integrate mentorship in research career development for all training programs. The Mentoring Academy is expanding the mentoring platform for engaging in multidisciplinary research faculty development and mentorship that spans the biomedical research community. This expanded Core Mentor Team works in conjunction with both intramural and external scientific-content mentors to provide guidance to emerging investigators necessary for optimizing their success as scientists.
Dr. Thompson’s role as chair of the MSM Mentoring Academy facilitates establishing the institutional planning workshop, a key component of the SETH regional hub. Working in collaboration with Dr. Stiles, Dr. Thompson serves as hub leader and liaison to institutions that are strategically addressing mentoring deficits from the institutional level. Dr. Thompson has mentored students at all levels, including students from: the mid-school Tuskegee Airmen Summer Program, the high school Vivian Thomas Summer Program at MSM, undergraduates from Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and Morris Brown College in the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) and Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Programs, as well as Graduate, Post-Doctoral Fellows and junior faculty.