Mentorship and Career Development

NIDUS is committed to providing mentorship and career development opportunities for trainees, junior faculty, or mid-career researchers new to the delirium field. These opportunities include a virtual mentorship program, an annual delirium “Boot Camp” (see below) and other  lectures and training opportunities throughout the year.

CEDARTREE-NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp

The Center of Excellence in Delirium in Aging: Research, Training and Educational Enhancement (CEDARTREE) was formed in 2013 through a K07 grant from the NIH with the goal of advancing research and training in delirium. Each year, CEDARTREE offered an intensive, 2.5 day-long workshop encompassing all aspects of delirium research, from study design and methodology to updates on current research in the field to a practice grant review session. Now, this has been merged with NIDUS as the CEDARTREE/NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp. The Delirium Boot Camp is open to researchers from a variety of backgrounds and research areas; however, the application process is selective due to the limited number of spots available each year.  Thus far 85 candidates have attended the Boot Camp.

The Boot Camp offers a mock grant review, in-depth training on use of the CAM, and many other didactic sessions covering a wide range of topics relevant to delirium research. More information on the next Boot Camp application cycle will be posted here and announced through our email list and social media.

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Virtual Mentoring Opportunities: Through the virtual mentoring program, postdocs and junior faculty can be paired with experienced researchers for a 1-on-1 mentoring experience conducted virtually through our online platform. This platform will provide an opportunity for trainees and junior researchers to benefit from the experience of successful faculty in the delirium field, to learn tips for successful publishing, grant writing and running studies. If you are interested in participating either as a mentee or mentor, please email Donna Fick, for more information.

Lectures and other training opportunities
: In addition to the Delirium Boot Camp and mentoring programs, we are pleased to offer additional training opportunities throughout the year. You can find information about these resources on our website and by subscribing to our email list.


Clinical Trials Webinar Series

The webinars are free with NO pre-registration required:

October 24, 2019 12pm EST - "Statistical Issues in Trial Design" by Dr. Rameela Chandrasekhar, Vanderbilt University - Recorded webinar here

November 14, 2019 12pm EST - "Pragmatic Trial Design" by Dr. Matt Wall Semler, Vanderbilt University - Slides for Webinar here; Recorded webinar here

December 12, 2019 12pm EST - "Clinical Trials" by Dr. E. Wesley Ely & Dr. Pratik Pandharipande, Vanderbilt University; Recorded webinar here


"Writing and Publishing your Delirium Research: Practical Tips from an Editor" - Webinar slides by Donna Fick, RN, GCNS-BC, PhD, FAAN, posted with permission (3/2/2018).

"Building a Research Enterprise"" - Webinar slides by Wes Ely, MD, MPH, posted with permission (4/30/2018).

"Partnering with Family in Delirium Research: Lessons Learned from a Boot Camp Alumni" - recorded webinar by Kirsten Fiest, PhD from the 2019 Webinar Series on NIDUS Mentorship and Career Development, posted 6/21/2019.

2017 Delirium Boot Camp Slides and Audio

2018 Delirium Boot Camp Videos

2019 Delirium Boot Camp Videos

Popular topics from past Boot Camps:

  • Mock NIH Study Section for grant review
  • Interactive training on use of the CAM, CAM-S and 3D-CAM
  • Non-pharmacologic intervention for delirium
  • Use of biomarkers in delirium research
  • Neuroimaging and neurophysiologic approaches
  • Methodological challenges in delirium research
  • Animal models for delirium
  • Clinical Trials

View presentations from 2017

Hear from past Boot Camp Participants:

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"The Delirium Boot Camp was a life-altering experience. I was recently funded for a new pilot study, thanks to what I learned at the Boot Camp."
Boot Camp 2016 Participant

“It was very helpful to receive feedback on my proposal and to connect with junior researchers with similar interests as myself.  It’s always great to expand my network of excellent colleagues.”

Boot Camp 2015 Participant

“I gained in-depth knowledge in the most up-to-date delirium research and I was able to network with the fellow researchers in this field.  I felt like all of the sessions were extremely relevant and provided insight.”

Boot Camp 2014 Participant