Tip: You can change your preference for type of mentorship at any time! You can do so by going to your Mentor or Mentee profile and editing your preferences.
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, and whether you prefer Flash Mentorship or the full six-month commitment.
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.
For Flash Mentorship: You will receive an email notifying you that the Mentor has accepted or declined the request. Once accepted, it is the Mentee’s responsibility to reach out at this point to set up a meeting. Click here for more information on Flash Mentorship.
For Traditional Mentorship , continue to the steps below:
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?
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.
Traditional Mentorship participants should:
- Attend scheduled kick-off call and subsequent meetings.
- Make at least a 6-month commitment to the match.
Flash mentorship participants should:
- Attend meetings with questions and tasks prepared.
Still have questions?
See our Mentorship FAQs
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