M405: Designing a Meaningful and Helpful Onboarding Program for New Researchers
Monday, April 16, 2018 – 3:45pm to 5:00pm
We have developed a unique, research-specific orientation that helps get research faculty engaged with research on their first day. It is intended to help get established investigators up to speed as quickly as possible and provide them with a sense of community with the larger organization. This “how-to” will give you the tools to create a systematic, research-specific orientation program at your home institution. The orientation program has four aims: 1) increase new researcher productivity, 2) improve retention rates of new faculty by helping them become involved and connected, 3) provide audience-specific, in-depth, timely information that is useful and memorable, and 4) reduce redundant conversations while guaranteeing the delivery of high-quality, consistent, and accurate information. Prior to their start date, faculty will receive a web survey designed to communicate the scope of their research and logistical needs. Based on this information, they will receive personalized quick-start guides, key introductions, and logistical setup within their first 10 days. Then, faculty will be able to explore deeper dive courses and training sessions that are audience-specific, in-depth, and up-to-date. Lastly, we’ll teach you how to setup a Triage Unit to respond to just-in-time training as faculty setup their first research projects. This structured orientation program is competency-based through mentorship and classroom-setting lectures. Our “How-To” will provide detailed information and handouts on how to build an orientation program with consistency and continuity at your home institution.
Identify the elements of a successful faculty onboarding program.
Analyze the needs for a researcher onboarding program at their home institution.
Holly Zink, MSA, Manager, Research Project Development and Education, Children’s Mercy Hospital