My Research Mentor: Dr Aminah Makarfi Umar

by Mohammed-Nasir Ramat Olufunmi

Campbell & Campbell (1997) refer to mentoring as when a more experienced person provides information, support, and guidance to a less experienced person. Similarly, Maack and Passet (1994) describe a mentor as someone assisting junior staff members who are struggling with their first positions as post-doctoral academics, still trying to manage their careers, learning how to write and publish and how to prepare for tenure within higher education.

The Research Mentor is an essential key to a successful trainee experience. The Research Mentor must take an active role by working closely with the trainee to clearly define an appropriate research project and a robust career development plan, providing guidance, training and support, and serving as a role model for the trainee.

My Research mentor: Dr Aminah Makarfi Umar, a Consultant in Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital. She is a researcher and among the infectious disease team of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria. My Research Mentor had been my teacher since day one of residency training as she is always concerned about my training, my well being and my personal life that may impede my training and research. Her impacts on my research path.

Dr Aminah Makarfi Umar

« She encourages my inventiveness, including the identification of new research topics and discovery of new techniques.
« She helped me develop my capacity for logical reasoning and my ability to draw logical references from observation.
« She is instrumental in building my professional network
« Guidance on the full range of career options
« Show me how to do original research
« Taken steps to develop my planning and organization, communication, teaching and team leadership skills.
« Encourages and creates opportunities for me to become familiar with researchers from other institution.

Misoprostol, Magnesium Sulphate and Anti-shock garment: A knowledge, availability and utilization study at the Primary Health Care Level in Northern Nigeria

I considered her a great research mentors because she keeps in touch with my progress, takes into account gender, ethnic and cultural issues, takes a respectful attitude toward my interests and work, and she provides feedback in a timely fashion.

Campbell, T. A., & Campbell, D. E. (1997). Faulty/student mentor program: effects on academic performance and retention. Research in Higher Education, 38 (6), 727-742. Chan, D. (2000).
Maack, M. N., & Passet, J. (1994). Aspirations & Mentoring In An Academic Environment: Women Faculty In Library And Information Science. Westpost, Greenwood Press.

Dr. Mohammed-Nasir Ramat Olufunmi is a Registrar in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria. She is part of the third Cohort of Research Collaboration Network.

Blog Editor: Oladimeji Adebayo

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