AIHC Mentoring Program
The AIHC-National Center Mentoring Program is recruiting applicants for the 2018-2019 cohort. Participants who are selected will be matched based on mentee needs and mentor expertise and experience. Over the course of the 10-month program, mentees and mentors will schedule regular contact with each other, participate in learning activities as a pair and with the larger group, and provide evaluation feedback to improve the mentoring program. The experience will conclude with a recognition ceremony at the Nexus Summit in 2019.
Application Deadline: September 1, 2018
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/staff member or administrator in university environment in a health or health-related profession
- Demonstrate a commitment to interprofessional practice, education, and scholarship
- Be a faculty/staff member or administrator 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
The career trajectory in IPE is ill-defined, and there is not a good road map. Having a mentor outside your own institution to provide guidance can be useful, but it can also be helpful to discover new ideas and perspectives from a mentee. Participants in the 2017 pilot program found that the mentoring experience was mutually beneficial. At the end of the program, all participants will receive a certificate recognizing completion of this interprofessional professional development experience.