Facilitated Peer Mentorship to Support Aging Research: A RE-AIM Evaluation of the CoMPAdRE Program.

TitleFacilitated Peer Mentorship to Support Aging Research: A RE-AIM Evaluation of the CoMPAdRE Program.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsCreber RMMasterso, Baldwin MR, Brown PJ, Rao MK, Goyal P, Hummel S, Dodson JA, Helmke S, Maurer MS
JournalJ Am Geriatr Soc
Date Published2019 Apr

BACKGROUND: The need for mentorship in aging research among postdoctoral trainees and junior faculty across medical disciplines and subspecialties is increasing, yet senior personnel with expertise in aging are lacking to fulfill the traditional dyadic mentorship role. Facilitated peer mentorship is grounded in collaborative work among peers with the guidance of a senior mentor.

METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated the Columbia University Mentor Peer Aging Research (CoMPAdRE) program, an interprofessional facilitated peer mentorship program for early stage investigators, using the Reach Effectiveness Adoption Implementation and Maintenance framework (RE-AIM). Reach: A total of 15 participants, of which 20% were women, from five states and across six medical specialties participated. Effectiveness: Participants published 183 papers, of which more than 20% were collaborative papers between CoMPAdRE mentees or mentors. Participants reported developing skills in negotiation, navigating the academic role, organizing a seminar, management, and leadership over the course of the program. According to the qualitative findings, the most important components of the program included alignment around the aging, learning from national leaders, developing leadership skills and career networking. Adoption: Individual-level factors included selecting participants with a research track record, willingness to sign a compact of commitment and involvement in shaping the program. An institutional-level factor that facilitated program adoption included strong commitment from department leaders.

IMPLEMENTATION: The program cost $3,259 per participant. Maintenance: CoMPAdRE is being maintained and currently incorporating a second cohort of mentees.

CONCLUSION: This RE-AIM evaluation provides lessons learned and strategies for future adoption, implementation, and maintenance of an aging-focused facilitated peer mentorship program. J Am Geriatr Soc 67:804-810, 2019.

Alternate JournalJ Am Geriatr Soc
PubMed ID30693950
PubMed Central IDPMC6554736
Grant List5I01 CX001636 / / Veterans Health Administration /
K23 AG052463 / / National Institute on Aging /
K23 MH099097 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R00 NR016275 / NR / NINR NIH HHS / United States
R03 AG056446 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
K23-MH099097 / / National Institute of Mental Health /
K24AG036778 / / National Institute on Aging /
K99 NR016275 / NR / NINR NIH HHS / United States
K23 AG045560 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R03 AG053294 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
I01 CX001636 / CX / CSRD VA / United States
K24 AG036778 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R03AG056446 / / National Institute on Aging /
K23 AG052463 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R00 NR016275 / / National Institute of Nursing Research /
R03AG053294 / / National Institute on Aging /
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