A mentee is an individual who is seeking guidance and advice to further his/her career and to be successful. A mentor is an accomplished, experienced pathologist who believes in sharing his/her knowledge and skills to nurture your growth by investing time, energy and expertise in a special interactive relationship. Inevitably this relationship will inspire, encourage and support you to achieve career goals and satisfaction, and (in turn) reinforce the mentor’s investment in your relationship.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I choose a Mentor?
First complete your profile and specify your preferences, needs and expectations asked in the profile page. Once your profile has been accepted, you will be notified when the matching period is to begin. The online mentoring program will enable you to browse the profiles of the top prospective mentors determined to be the "best match" for you and allow you to create a mentoring request. You will be guided throughout this process.
How long will mentors be available?
Our mentors have been asked to commit to an eight-month relationship to ensure sufficient time for you to benefit from the relationship. If a mentor must leave the relationship, we request at least a one month’s notice to search for a substitute mentor with a similar background and expertise.
If the relationship is not going well or I am concerned about mentorship, what do I do?
We encourage you to let your mentor know about your concerns and engage in open conversation to remedy the issues. If the problem persists, please contact Deborah Waterhouse at firstname.lastname@example.org through the web platform. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.
- Take a proactive role in shaping up the relationship.
- Understand what you want from the mentoring relationship and communicate your goals and aspirations to your mentor. Balance personal and professional relationship with your mentor.
- Set aside time for the mentoring process and keep all scheduled appointments with your mentor and display professional behavior.
- Put the time with mentor to the best use. Come to meetings with mentor prepared with planned topics.
- Respond in a timely manner to your mentor's feedback. Respond to emails from your mentor at most two days after receipt.
- Be open and honest with your mentor about your challenges and weaknesses.
- Plan ahead to attend the special reception at the USCAP 2020 Annual Meeting (invitation will be sent) in Los Angeles for an opportunity to meet your mentor.
- If something concerning the mentor needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
- Ask for advice on everything. Have a purpose in each request.
- Blame the mentor if his or her advice doesn't work out.
- Expect the mentor to know all the answers.
- Commit yourself to obligations you cannot keep.
- Cancel meetings/visits with your mentor at the last minute.
- Begin the process by completing your mentee profile in preparation for the match
- Review online informational materials including the Mentoring Handbook and Mentoring Agreement
- Respect the time constraints of your mentor by communicating on schedule and meeting pre-established deadlines
- Document your progress utilizing the web-based mechanisms for charting the course of your relationship
- Participate pro-actively in goal setting with a clearly articulated approach to your expectations and outcomes
- Discuss with your mentor in advance how you will measure or recognize when you’ve reached your goals
- Discuss with your mentors what challenges you can anticipate and the best coping mechanisms to deal with them
- Be open to advice, constructive criticism and suggested navigational pathways
- Respect confidentiality and boundaries
- Feel comfortable to opt out of the relationship if it doesn’t work for you
- Utilize the Self-Assessment form on the website to evaluate your progress