Improving the quality of laboratories seems to be an increasingly important area in the development of international laboratory capabilities. In a review of published reports, key donor interviews and laboratory systems case studies in three resource-limited countries in 2010, Olmsted et al. recommends that “host countries and their external partners incorporate laboratory standards, comprehensive quality systems and even accreditation targets.” Although NIC recognition is not comparable to accreditation, it provides a standard of operation and creates a network and connection with other laboratories and external agencies via WHO GISRS. Research literature generally supports the popular view that the tutoring relationship is valuable. Although empirical evidence is sometimes ambiguous and contradictory, Studies of mentors suggest that a mentor is an asset to the professional life of the young scientist or engineer.4 For example, the productivity of graduates with mentors may be higher than the productivity of graduates without mentors.5 Scientists with mentors may be more “self-directed” than those without mentors.6 Junior faculties with mentors may publish more books, receive more scholarships and serve as leaders. Akademiker, mentors earlier in their careers tend to outstrip their colleagues who will later find mentors.7 The prestige of mentors also influences the prestige of academic appointments for interns8, but mentoring and mentoring of apprentices is not as important as recording collaboration.9 At this point, you may be wondering if it would be easier to use the tutoring guidelines published by the AAMC [7, 8]. While these guidelines offer an excellent source of development of your Big Picture philosophy, our experience has allowed us to go beyond the philosophy of tutoring and transmit some of the specific rules of the laboratory. It is not possible to draw up a concise list of all the guidelines relating to laboratory performance or work expectations – to make it clear that these rules can, however, avoid significant conflicts in the tutoring relationship. In our sample document, we discuss hours and holidays, explain the general requirements for laboratory safety and laboratory orders (more details on our laboratory protocols), conflict resolution and describe how paternity is determined. For theoretical and/or mathematical research, it may be important to discuss remote work guidelines and documentation requirements for codes, while for fieldwork, a discussion of behaviour and safety expectations would be appropriate. Ultimately, you want to confirm that the expectations you have for your mentors are in line with your institution`s rules and regulations.

The informed agreement of participants who participated in the evaluation of the tutoring program was requested in writing from all participants prior to the start of the evaluation and in writing prior to each job interview. The CDC, APHL and WHO considered this case study to be an extramural “non-research” as approved by the cooperation agreement U60HM000803 and NU60OE000103.