Engage in Mentoring


Looking to further your career, ignite an innovative new idea, develop your strengths or give back to the health care strategy community?

The SHSMD Mentorship Program is right for you.

Whether in the same city or across the globe, once matched, Mentors and Mentees will connect over six months, collaboratively exploring and working toward the goals outlined in the Mentee’s Development Plan. Participation is simple and open to all SHSMD members. Here’s how it works:

Before you begin the program, fill out “My Profile.”

The SHSMD Mentorship Program is one of many benefits of SHSMD membership.

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Step 1: Complete your Mentor/Mentee enrollment form. This is where you can tell others a bit about you, your history and what you hope to get out of the experience.

Step 2: Mentees search the SHSMD Mentorship Directory for a Mentor. Mentees send an invitation to a Mentor requesting a relationship and the relationship begins once the Mentor accepts the invitation.

Tip: Got a SHSMD member in mind but not seeing them in the SHSMD Mentorship Directory? You are welcome to browse the SHSMD Membership Directory for members who are not already participating in the SHSMD Mentorship Program and send a letter to a potential member.

Step 3: Get to know each other and agree on terms. This includes discussing communication preferences and setting a meeting schedule. Meetings typically take place once a month for about 30 minutes.

Step 4: Together, create a Development Plan and spend time putting plans into action. Relationships typically last about six months.

Tip: We suggest that Mentees read Bridging Worlds and then take the SHSMD ADVANCE™ self-assessment to identify skills to work on.

Step 5: Review the relationship and Development Plan, assessing progress and accomplishments.

Tip: We suggest that Mentees re-take the SHSMD ADVANCE™ self-assessment to see how they have improved. Ask yourself the following questions: Did I reach my goals? Did I learn something? Do I feel more confident?

Step 6: Conclude or renew your relationship.


All participants should:

  • Fill out their Mentor/Mentee Profile with as much detail as possible to aid in finding the best match.
  • Attend scheduled kick-off call and subsequent meetings.
  • Make at least a 6-month commitment to the match.

Still have questions? See our Mentorship FAQs.

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