Come from away: Best practices in mini-sabbaticals for the development of young investigators: a White Paper by the SEQUIN (mini-Sabbatical Evaluation and QUality ImprovemeNt) Group

Mini-sabbaticals are formal short-term training and educational experiences away from an investigator’s home research unit. These may include rotations with other research units and externships at government research or regulatory agencies, industry and non-profit programs, and training and/or intensive educational programs. The National Institutes of Health have been encouraging training institutions to consider offering mini-sabbaticals, but given the newness of the concept, limited data are available to guide the implementation of mini-sabbatical programs. In this paper, we review the history of sabbaticals and mini-sabbaticals, report the results of surveys we performed to ascertain the use of mini-sabbaticals at Clinical and Translational Science Award hubs, and consider best practice recommendations for institutions seeking to establish formal mini-sabbatical programs.

Authors
Michael H. Pillinger, Stephenie C. Lemon, Martin S. Zand, P. Jeffrey Foster Jr, Jeanne S. Merchant, Robert Kimberly, Jeroan Allison, Bruce N. Cronstein, Claudia Galeano, Jeanne Holden-Wiltse, Melissa Trayhan, Robert J. White, Amanda Davin and Kenneth G. Saag
Journal
Journal of Clinical and Translational Science
Publication Date
PMCID
PMC6676495
DOI
10.1017/cts.2019.369
Linked Authors
Michael
Pillinger
Professor of Medicine, Director of NYU CTSA Workforce and Training Unit
Stephenie
Lemon
Chief, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Martin S.
Zand, MD, PhD
Co-Director, Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration; Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research
Jeanne
Merchant
Program Director II
ROBERT
KIMBERLY
Professor
Bruce
Cronstein
Director, NYU-H+H CTSI
Jeanne
Holden-Wiltse, MPH, MBA
Executive Director CLIC
Melissa
Trayhan, MS
Lead Web Developer, CLIC
Robert
White, MS
Associate Director
Amanda
Davin
Sr. Analyst/Programmer