We encourage trainees and their mentors to have frequent, if not daily, contact. This is the norm at Duke University. Trainee Review Committees conduct annual reviews with each trainee, usually in late February. Faculty members on committees meet in pairs with each individual trainee. All efforts are made to ensure continuity of the Trainee Review Committees.
The Committee functions in three capacities. First, they review progress to make suggestions for additional course work, and discuss the relevance of the training each trainee receives to the goals of the UPEH. Second, the Committee serves in an advocacy role to provide guidance about course work, the direction of thesis or post-doctoral research, and future career plans. Finally, these meetings provide an opportunity for trainees to give the Program important feedback about courses, training requirements, information dissemination, mentoring, and other issues that need continual adjustment to maintain a high quality program.