Oklahoma Center for Mentoring Excellence (OCME)


Funded By: The National Institutes of Health


Director: Natasha Mickel, Ph.D.

Assistant Director: Brandt Wiskur, Ph.D.


Contact Information: Natasha-Mickel@ouhsc.edu


What is the goal of the Oklahoma Center for Mentoring Excellence?

The goal for the Oklahoma Center for Mentoring Excellence (OCME) is to provide comprehensive faculty mentor development workshops. OCME will enhance mentoring opportunities for faculty focused on clinical and translational research, faculty from associated IDeA programs, as well as interested faculty members from any of the health sciences center colleges.



What is covered in the Mentor Workshops?

OCME uses evidence-based, interactive mentor development curriciulum from the National Research Mentoring Network. The workshops provide an opportunity to understand and develop the six competency skills of effective mentors:

  • Maintaining Effective Communication (MEC)
  • Aligning Expectations (AE)
  • Assessing Understanding (AU)
  • Addressing Equity and Inclusion (AEI)
  • Fostering Independence (FI)
  • Promoting Professional Development (PPD)


These competencies are covered in a series of three workshops. Participants who complete all three workshops will obtain a certificate of completion. Each workshop is presented twice a semester. This allows participants to make up any missed workshops when schedules don’t allow to attend in sequential order.



Who should attend the workshops?

Faculty members who mentor medical students, fellows, junior faculty, graduate students, or residents should attend these workshops.