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Mentor Match

Welcome to ISPE's Mentor Match

This program is designed to help ISPE members develop their capabilities and expand their professional networks so that they are better able to fulfill their goals as pharmacoepidemiologists.

What is Mentoring?

A mentoring relationship exists between two people: one with experience and insight into a specific career, field or area of knowledge and one who is either new to the field or looking to expand their development in a specific area. The trick is usually how to facilitate effective matching?  To solve this problem ISPE has developed an automated, online mentor match program!  Click on the links below to get involved and apply to serve as a mentor, or sign-up to search for mentor matches.

Please contact rhay@pharmacoepi.org with any questions.

How to sign up

Experienced members of the Society are encouraged to apply using our online module to serve as a Mentor and foster the development of fellow members while enhancing your own skills in listening and problem solving. If you answer yes to any of the questions below, you may be the right person to assist others in their professional development:

  • Do you have an understanding of at least one domain in which epidemiology is applied?
  • Do you have supervisory or coaching experience?
  • Do you have the ability to communicate effectively?
  • Are you interested in developing your ability to coach and direct others?
  • Do you have any experience managing a project?
  • Have you ever worked on multidisciplinary or global teams?
  • Have you ever taken on a new job role?
  • Have you experienced a career transition?
  • Are you willing to take the time and effort to share your experience and expertise?

 

Mentor Responsibilities:
As a mentor, it is your responsibility to provide guidance to your mentee based on his/her learning needs and development areas. This can be accomplished in several ways. You can act as a resource, advisor, teacher, model, sponsor, consultant or guide. No matter what role you play, remember that you are responsible for being the expert in this relationship, or in some cases, helping the mentee find access to the appropriate experts. You are not expected to drive the relationship, do the work for the mentee, or assume your advice will be followed.

Have you already signed up as a Mentee and want to search for a Mentor? Click on the Link above, login and click the Mentor Search button on the Mentee Application page.

ISPE Members are encouraged to find a mentor to help your professional development. You can use ISPE’s simple online Mentor Match Module to easily match up with a mentor.  Below is a short list of questions you should ask to identify whether being mentored is right for you:

  • Could you use some help achieving your professional goals?
  • Would you like a greater understanding of epidemiology in a particular context (i.e. in a different setting from which you already work)?
  • Are you exploring or currently facing a career transition?
  • Are you taking on a new job role or moving to a supervisory role?
  • Do you want to increase your impact in the position you currently have?
  • Do you need some help to improve working relationships or build effective teams?
  • Have you re-located from another organization/country and need some help adjusting to a new culture?

 

Your Responsibilities as a Mentee

As a mentee, it is your responsibility to take ownership of your learning and development needs. Prior to the start of the relationship, you should assess your areas of strength and developmental needs so you can establish a mentoring plan that will inform your mentoring objectives. It is also your responsibility to initiate contact with your mentor and ensure the mentor helps you attain your goals. You are not expected know all the questions you should ask, fit all learning into one mentoring relationship, or assume your mentor has unlimited time for you.