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HSR&D CDA Resource Toolkit

The CDA Toolkit is created by CIDER and the CDA Enhancement Initiatives team, with support from VA HSR&D Service, to help members of the CDA community be more involved and effective in their respective roles. This virtual resource center provides helpful information on fostering great mentorships and enriching the CDA experience. In order to build collegiality, the CDA Toolkit will also serve as place for HSR&D CDA program updates and special announcements.

Tools for Mentors

Resources for mentors to nurture a successful mentorship and effectively communicate with their mentees.

UNM HSC Faculty Mentor Development Program - The School of Medicine, Office of Academic Affairs at the University of New Mexico, invites you to explore and participate in the UNM HSC Faculty Mentor Development Program for training mentors engaged in scholarship. The online program is available at: where you can access 8 training 1-hour learning opportunities.

Tools for Mentees

Strategies and resources for CDA Awardees to succeed as mentees and health science services researchers.

Tools for Prospective CDAs

Orientation to the CDA Program Webinar Series

IMPORTANT: Please note that these are 2008 applications. Format and instruction may have changed. Please refer back to the HSR&D website for the most current application.

CDA Cyberseminars

Webinars designed to further strengthen the community of scholarship among HSR&D Career Development Awardees, aspiring CDAs, alumni, and mentors.

See also: Orientation to the CDA Program Series

Mentor Spotlight

Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH, FACC

Dr. Ofili is the Director and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research and Clinical and translational Research at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Ofili has been funded by the NIH and industry/foundations since 1994, with a track record in clinical trials that impact health disparities focusing on cardiovascular disparities and women’s health. As president of the Association of Black Cardiologists, she led the initiative to implement the landmark African American Heart Failure Trial (AHEFT), whose findings led to a change in practice guidelines for the treatment of heart failure in African Americans. Dr. Ofili has grown the clinical research infrastructure and training programs at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), including serving as the founding director of the U54 center of clinical research excellence, the community physicians network, the U54 RCMI Center of Excellence for Clinical and Translational Research and the R25 clinical research education and career development program. She is the senior co-PI of the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI), a citywide collaborative CTSA at Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia Institute of Technology, along with their partnering health systems and statewide research organizations. Dr. Ofili has led successful multi institutional collaborations through the ACTSI and the RCMI Translational Research Network of 18 historically Black, Hispanic and Minority Serving Institutions across the nation, and was lead author of a publication on models of partnerships between HBCUs/MSIs and research intensive institutions. Dr. Ofili has mentored over 30 MD and PhD clinical and translational science investigators.... Read more

View: Next Mentor | National Mentoring Network

Share Your Ideas

Send in suggestions or resources to share with the CDA community.

News Corner

Congratulations to our CDAs on their recent publications.


Online resources on various topics such as career development, mentoring training, work/life balance, conducting research, and more.

Additional Resources

Recruiting women for new HSR&D grant proposals

Partnered Research: Multilevel Interventions in Health Care Conference: Presentation by Elizabeth Yano, PhD (Download the slides from this presentation)

Managing Your VA Research Career by Morris Weinberger, PhD

Veteran Engagement by JoAnn Kirchner, MD, et al.