The IMPACT Program, a Health Sciences & Technology-HMS/MIT Program, is a recipient of the 2018 Program Award for a Culture of Excellence in Mentoring (PACEM) at Harvard Medical School. IMPACT is housed in IMES and co-led by Martha Gray (MIT) and Deborah Burstein (BIDMC). Emery Brown is a co-PI on the NIH grant that supports most of this effort, and many HST/IMES faculty have participated as mentors and advisors.
The goal of the IMPACT Program is to advance trainees’ abilities to shape and create career opportunities and take ownership of their careers. The application process to become an IMPACT fellow is open to PhD students and post docs from around Boston in all areas of health research. IMPACT brings together the fellows and a diverse group of faculty from academia, medicine, and business for group mentoring, one-to-one advising, and community engagement. Fellows learn to explore and defend the real-world impact of their research; develop the capacity to talk about their work and themselves to diverse audiences; increase their appreciation for different career paths, and for the mechanisms through which research progresses from the lab to real-world impact; build, support, and use diverse professional networks; and craft pro-active strategies for their personal career development.
Harvard Medical School established PACEM to recognize the efforts of a department, division, office or program to foster innovation and sustainability in mentoring while building a culture of mentoring. This new award provides an opportunity to learn from successful formal mentoring programs and allow others in the community to adopt model programs.