UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO-MEDICAL SCIENCES CAMPUS
Based on the successes and lessons learned, the University of Puerto Rico Mentoring Institute for HIV and Mental Health Related Research was created in 2008. The institute?s research-education mentoring program is based on a competency development model (Rabionet, Santiago & Zorrilla, 2009). It is financed by the National Institute of Mental Health through the R25 mechanism (1R25MH003617). As outlined in the parent grant, mentors are expected to offer their scholarly, analytic and unique expertise in order to guide the mentees in the acquisition of core and cross cutting competencies related to research. the Institute offers training activities and sponsors learning opportunities geared to the acquisition of the proposed competencies. The model provides a tool for mentors and mentees for monitoring progress. We understand that the NIG Recovery acts Funds for Administrative Supplement can accelerate the implementation of training activities based on the competency model. Furthermore, the funds can be used to accelerate the mentee's acquisition of the core research competencies. Six core areas of competencies have been identifies as essential to pursue a systematic and integrated approach to research. These are participants, independently of the stage of their research development, also need to be exposed continuously to cross-cutting knowledge and skills to address HIV research in an ethical and culturally competent, to engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary team work and demonstrate the ability to lead.