AIHC-National Center Mentoring Program
The AIHC-National Center Mentoring Program accepts mentors and mentees annually to the program. This year-long program will begin in July and ends August the following year with a recognition at the Nexus Summit. Mentors and mentees who are selected will be matched based on needs and experience. Over the course of the year, pairs will schedule monthly meetings, participate in quarterly learning activities with the larger group, and provide evaluation feedback to improve the mentoring program.
Eligibility and Criteria for Selection
Criteria for being a good mentor are difficult to define. Being an experienced IPE leader does not necessarily prohibit you from being mentored by someone in an area where you are seeking advice or would like to develop deeper expertise. By the same token, you may not see yourself as an interprofessional leader yet, but you have strong experience in specific areas that would allow you to mentor someone seeking help with that aspect of interprofessional practice or education. At a minimum:
- Be a faculty member in university environment in a health or health-related profession
- Have a demonstrated commitment to interprofessional practice, education, and scholarship
- Have experience in an academic/university environment
- Have demonstrated experience with interprofessional practice, education, or scholarship. Examples might include designing and teaching interprofessional coursework, developing interprofessional programs and/or centers, going through promotion and tenure review with an interprofessional component or guiding others through the process, mentoring faculty in clinical and tenure track positions, evaluating interprofessional programs, leading and/or serving as a member of an interprofessional grant team, or any combination of these.
- Have time and willingness to commit as a volunteer to the mentor role and complete all learning activities with the mentee (approximately 2-3 hours per month)
- Be willing to counsel and guide the mentee on interprofessional career development, which may include providing resources, assisting mentees to network with the IPE community, and to solicit feedback about the effectiveness of the mentorship