Mentoring

 

Our Mentor Match program reflects our commitment to your professional development. This flexible but unique online networking and career development tool helps connect with other pharmacy professionals and gain insight on the vast range of opportunities in this field. Our members have used this program to engage in residency training and preparation, seek career advice, share pharmacy practice experience, expand professional network, and much more! Your mentor or mentee can be right down the street or on the other side of the world.

Purpose

To provide an opportunity for members to establish a mentorship relationship and engage in opportunities that serve to further their professional and personal growth

Benefits

  • FREE, on-demand, one-on-one mentoring
  • Receive tips from distinguished leaders in the field
  • Flexible program tailored to your schedule
  • Networking opportunities

Prepare

  • Get started by completing your ASHP Connect profile
    • We highly recommend that you fill it out as thoroughly as possible. Be sure to indicate your background information and professional interests.
  • Upload a profile picture
    • Put a face to your name and allow for easier recognition when meeting with your mentor or mentee face-to-face.
  • Return to this page to enroll as a mentor or mentee.

Enroll

  • Enroll as a mentor
    • No matter what career development stage you are in and what setting you work in, you can serve as a mentor.
    • Share your experience and personal tips to guide other pharmacy professionals.
    • You will be able to indicate the maximum number of mentees that you want to take and your calendar availability to serve as a mentor
  • Enroll as a mentee
    • Find a mentor based on your unique needs and questions.
    • Browse through the Mentor directory of mentors to find potential mentors.
    • You will be able to indicate the duration of when you need your mentor for: whether you are seeking a short-term (mentor relationship to help you through residency applications (weeks) or a longer-term mentor further develop yourself professionally (months to years).

Search

There are three ways to identify a mentor / mentee:

  1. Browse the mentor and mentee directory to find individuals that you want to connect with.
  2. Send direct messages to those you want to connect with and extend an invitation to engage in a mentoring relationship.
  3. Request a selected individual by clicking on the Mentor/Mentee badges on their ASHP Connect profile.
    • Remember you can have as many connections as you would like!

Connect

  • Connect with your mentor or mentee online, by phone, or in-person depending on what works best for the mentor-mentee pair.
  • Remember that the more you give to this program, the more you will get out of it.
    • Set reasonable expectations at the beginning of the mentorship.
    • Maintain constant communications for updates.
    • If the mentorship has ended, thank your mentor/mentee for their time!

Roles and Responsibilities of Participants

  • Introduce your mentee to your area of practice and discuss pathways/necessary training to obtain a position in this setting.
  • Share stories of success and stories of failure and how both contributed to your personal and professional growth.
  • Discuss your mentee’s future goals and provide support, guidance, feedback, or resources where possible.
  • Expand your mentee’s network of contacts with other pharmacy professionals, particularly with those practicing in areas of interest to the mentee.
  • Maintain confidentiality in any personal information shared.

  • Always be respectful and professional in all communication or interactions.
  • Respond to your mentor’s communication in a timely manner.
    • In-person meeting is recommended (if local or attending an ASHP meeting)
  • Share current practice areas of interest or career goals with your mentor.
  • Keep your mentor informed about developments or changes in your areas of interest, academic courses, post-graduate plans, etc. so they can provide you with the best guidance/suggestions possible!
  • Seek and remain open to feedback from your mentor about opportunities for growth and development. The mentor’s goal is to help you become a better pharmacist!
  • Look for opportunities to give back to your mentor, such as…nominating them for an award or offering your perspective when necessary
  • Maintain confidentiality with the personal information shared.

Mentorship and Leadership References and Other Resources

  • Mentoring 101 by John C. Maxwell
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  • No Limits by John C. Maxwell
  • The Power of Why by C. Richard Weylman
  • The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
  • The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, & Change the Way You Lead Forever
  • Letters to a Young Pharmacist: Sage Advice on Life & Career from Extraordinary Pharmacists

  • Altman JS. The value of mentorship. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2005 Dec 1;62(23):2474-7.
  • Emmons BF. Standing in the shadow of greatness. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2008 Feb 14;65(4):360.
  • White SJ, Tryon JE. How to find and succeed as a mentor. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2007 Jun;64(12):1258-9.
  • Wensel TM. Mentor or preceptor: What is the difference? Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2006 Sept;63(17):1597.
  • Webb JW. Harvey A.K. Whitney lecture. The art of growing professionally. Am J Hosp Pharm. 1986 Aug;43(8):1923-6.
  • Kleinmann K. Harvey A. K. Whitney Lecture. We really do care. Am J Hosp Pharm.1994 Aug 15;51(16):2011-5.

  1. “Get to Know You” Skype Session/Phone Call: Mentor/Mentee share introductory information and utilize the “Ice Breaker Questions.”
  2. Career Pearl of the Month: Mentee and mentor share the most valuable or interesting “pearl” they’ve learned that month; this could be a one-time activity or ongoing.
  3. Journal Club: Informal discussion about a mutually agreed upon journal article (career or clinically focus).
  4. CV Review: Mentor provides mentee with a copy of their CV and offers subsequent feedback to mentee’s current CV.
  5. Mentee-Driven Question Session: Mentee has the chance to “rapid fire” any and all questions they have about pharmacy, a specific specialty, leadership, etc.
  6. Ted Talk Exchange: Mentor/Mentee each share their favorite Ted Talk and explain how it impacts their career/life.
  7. Midyear Clinical Meeting Meet-Up: Mentor/Mentee can pick a session they’d both like to attend and use it as an opportunity to meet in person.
  8. Mentor Connection: Mentors provide mentees with another contact in the pharmacy world based on the mentee’s current interests and availability.
  9. Mock-Interview: Mentors provide mentees with interview tips and share some of the most unexpected questions they were asked in job/residency interviews. As a follow-up, mentees may want to share with their mentor any interesting/thought-provoking questions they were asked on interviews.
  10. Organizational Involvement: Mentor/Mentee can discuss their favorite project, committee, service opportunity, etc. within ASHP or their state affiliate.

Ice-Breakers and Discussion Topics

Student and resident-focused

  • Career path
    • Why did you choose pharmacy?
    • What led you to the career path you are on today?
      • Sample prompt: “I am a (student/resident/new practitioner) and have a few areas of interest at the moment, including ___________. I am interested in learning how you decided on your current area of practice, and would appreciate hearing about the experiences that guided you toward achieving your current position”
    • When choosing a career, what priorities do you value the most?
    • How have you utilized mentors throughout your professional journey?
    • What are your professional interests?
    • What are the skills most valuable to your career?
    • What are the pros and cons of your current role?
    • What can I be doing as a student now to set up my career?
      • Inquire about residency training, fellowship, board certification, and advanced degrees
  • Personal attributes
    • What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?
    • What were some of your biggest setbacks and how did you overcome it?
    • Who inspires you the most?
  • Work life integration
    • Time management (in or outside of work)
      • Sample prompt: What strategies do you utilize to balance your professional obligations with your personal life, including activities you enjoy outside of work?
    • What hobbies or activities do you enjoy in your free time?
  • Receiving or giving feedback
    • Providing and receiving feedback to co-workers
    • Self-reflection
    • Sample prompt: “I am interested in improving my knowledge and skills on how to give effective feedback. What advice would you offer on strategies to communicate both positive and negative feedback?”
  • Professional Involvements
    • Involvement with professional organizations
    • Experience with conducting research and publications
    • Upcoming professional meetings
    • Sample prompt: “I would like to speak with you about opportunities to give back to our profession. I was involved in ____ previously, and greatly enjoyed my experience. I am interested in learning about additional ways that I can serve the community and future pharmacists”

Practitioner-focused

  • Work life integration
    • Time management (in or outside of work)
    • Sample prompt: What strategies do you utilize to balance your professional obligations with your personal life, including activities you enjoy outside of work?
    • Sample prompt: What hobbies or activities do you enjoy in your free time?
  • Receiving or giving feedback
    • Providing and receiving feedback to co-workers
    • Precepting students/residents
    • Self-reflection
    • Sample prompt: “I am interested in improving my knowledge and skills on how to give effective feedback. What advice would you offer on strategies to communicate both positive and negative feedback?”

Ice Breakers

  • What are you hoping to gain through this mentoring relationship?
  • What are your strengths? What are the areas that you are looking for to further develop or refine?
  • What career and life goals do you have for yourself? Goals that you can accomplish in 1 year? 5 years? 20 years?
  • What are your current therapeutic interests?
  • What priorities do you rank highest when considering a career?
  • What are you seeking to get out of a career?
  • What barriers can you identify for your career development?
  • Outside of pharmacy, what are you passionate about?

Discussion Topics

  • Work/Life Integration
    • Share your time management  strategies with the mentee
  • Career Decision Making
    • Share your professional journey and mentors who helped you along the way
  • Receiving/Giving Feedback
    • Discuss your approach to goal-setting
    • Share examples of how feedback was given to peers or direct reports
  • Giving Back to the Profession
    • Promote your involvement with professional organizations
    • Share leadership roles you have held in local, state, and national organizations
    • Discuss personal experience with conducting research and in seeking publication
  • Ongoing Professional Development
    • Emphasize the importance of gratitude in thanking others who have mentored your professional development
    • Share personal stories of how networking impacted your professional journey.

FAQs

What is Mentor Match?
Mentor Match is an online tool that facilitates the establishment of mentoring relationships. It is user-driven, allowing registered Mentees to search among registered Mentors using specified criteria to find individuals whose experience and expertise match areas in which they wish to be mentored. Likewise, registered Mentors can search for and identify potential Mentees.

Is there a fee associated with using Mentor Match?
Mentor Match is a free benefit of membership and is available only to ASHP members.

How are Mentors and Mentees matched?
Members must first enroll as a Mentor, Mentee or both. During the enrollment process, members will select preferences for various demographics to establish their personal criteria.

Registered mentor/mentees can click on the badge in the ASHP Connect Profile of their desired mentor/mentee and request for approval. An e-mail will be sent to alert them that they have been requested to be a mentor/mentee. The individual will be able to accept or decline the request.


Who are the Mentees?
Mentees are ASHP members who need additional guidance or advice at any point in their careers, including students, residents/fellows, and practitioners.

Can I have more than one Mentee?
While there is no limit restriction, we recommend that you be judicious in selecting only Mentees who are most suited to learn from your expertise and experience. You can limit the number of Mentee requests you are willing to accept on the Mentoring enrollment page. 

How will I know if a Mentee has selected me as their Mentor?
You will receive an e-mail from the Mentee requesting you to be their Mentor. You will be prompted to accept or reject the request.

Is it okay to reject a request?
Yes, but we encourage you to at least have an initial conversation to explore whether the relationship would be mutually fulfilling. If you want to decline a request, go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and check the “decline” button next to the specific request.

What if I’m going to be on vacation or unavailable for a period of time?
Go to the "Mentor Enrollment" page, click the “Mentor Status” link then click on the check-box next to “Temporarily Not Participating.” Doing this will indicate that you are not accepting any Mentee requests at the moment, and your mentoring profile will not be included in a Mentee’s search for a Mentor.  It is your responsibility to communicate your availability to your existing Mentees.

How do I end a mentoring relationship?
If the mentoring relationship is completed or if it isn't working out, please kindly discuss your decision to end the relationship with your Mentee. Go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and mark the relationship as “completed.”

How much time will I need to invest as a Mentor?
We recommend that you and your Mentees agree on a schedule that works best for both of you. The most important thing is to discuss your mutual expectations about time and communication at the start of your relationship. Keep in mind that mentoring doesn’t necessarily require large amounts of your time. Even brief phone calls or e-mail exchanges with you can make a big difference to your Mentees. The annual meeting also offers a convenient venue for getting together with your Mentees over coffee or lunch.

What benefits do I receive from the organization if I participate as a Mentor in the program?
All Mentors are volunteers. As an active program participant, you will receive a ribbon identifying you as a Mentor.


Who are the Mentors?
Mentors are other members who have volunteered their time to support other members' careers.

Can I have more than one Mentor?
While there is no limit restriction, we recommend that you be judicious in selecting only Mentors who are most suited to your mentoring needs. Please keep in mind that Mentors have limited time to offer and may have other Mentoring relationships.

What should I do if I don’t hear from the Mentor I requested?
If you don’t hear from the Mentor within one or two weeks, feel free to contact them using the contact information found on their profile page.

What if the Mentor isn’t the right “fit” for my needs?
If this happens, we suggest that you discuss your decision honestly and kindly with your Mentor; thank them for their time then start a new Mentor search.

How long does the mentoring relationship last?
We recommend that you and your Mentor agree on a schedule that works best for both of you. The most important thing is to discuss your mutual expectations about time and communication at the start of your relationship.