Mentoring

Our mentoring program reflects our commitment to your professional development. This unique online networking and career development tool helps you find and connect with others. Your mentor or mentee can be right down the street or on the other side of the world. Establish a mentoring relationship today.

START

Get started by completing your profile

ENROLL

You can enroll as a mentor, a mentee, or both

SEARCH

Search to find mentors and/or mentees with whom you can connect online, by phone or in person. You can take advantage of features to help you find and recruit matches:
  •   Track your mentoring relationships
  •   Participate in discussion forums on mentoring topics
  •   Search for helpful mentoring resources

CONNECT

Click on the Mentor/Mentee badges to access the mentoring profile area. Send messages to those you want to connect with.  Then, extend an offer to engage in a mentoring relationship by sending an invitation with your desired matches.

For Mentees

Ice Breakers (Start the conversation)

  • How have you utilized mentors throughout your career?
  • How have mentors influenced your professional journey?
  • What are your professional interests?
  • What hobbies or activities do you enjoy in your free time?
  • If you could travel back to the beginning of your career and able to give yourself one piece of advice, what would you say?

Discussion Topics

  • Work/Life Integration
    • Time management (in or outside of work)
    • Example prompt: Hello Mr./Ms./Dr. _________. Thank you for agreeing to serve as a mentor.  What strategies do you utilize to balance your professional obligations with your personal life, including activities you enjoy outside of work?"
  • Career Decision Making
    • Ask about career path of mentor
    • Ask about relationships with direct managers/supervisor
    • Inquire about residency training, fellowship, board certification, and advanced degrees
    • Example prompt:Hello Mr./Ms./Dr. _________. Thank you for agreeing to serve as a mentor. 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.
  • Receiving/Giving Feedback
    • Precepting students and residents
    • Providing and receiving feedback to co-workers
    • Self-reflection
    • Example prompt: Hello Mr./Ms./Dr. _________. Thank you for agreeing to serve as a mentor. 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?
  • Giving Back to the Profession
    • Involvement with Professional Organizations
    • Experience with conducting research and publications
    • Upcoming Professional Meetings
    • Example prompt: Hello Mr./Ms./Dr. _________. Thank you for agreeing to serve as a mentor. 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 pharmacist

For Mentors

Ice Breakers (Start the conversation)

  • What hobbies or activities do you enjoy in your free time?
  • 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 strengths? What are areas that you are looking to further develop or refine?
  • What are you hoping to gain through this mentoring relationship?

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.

Helpful Resources and References

  1. Nieuwstraten C, Huh A, Liu G, Davis K, Dolovich L. Developing, implementing,and evaluating a formal pharmacist mentorship program. Can J Hosp Pharm. 2011 Mar;64(2):124-30.
  2. Farrell B, Dolovich L, Austin Z, Connie S. Implementing a Mentoship Program for Pharmacists Integrating into Family Practice: Practical Experience from the Impact Project Team. Can Pharm J. 2010 Jan/Feb;143(1):28-36.
  3. Altman JS. The value of mentorship. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2005 Dec 1;62(23):2474-7.
  4. Emmons BF. Standing in the shadow of greatness. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2008 Feb 14;65(4):360.
  5. White SJ, Tryon JE. How to find and succeed as a mentor. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2007 Jun;64(12):1258-9.
  6. Wensel TM. Mentor or preceptor: What is the difference? Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2006 Sept;63(17):1597.
  7. Webb JW. Harvey A.K. Whitney lecture. The art of growing professionally. Am J Hosp Pharm. 1986 Aug;43(8):1923-6.
  8. Kleinmann K. Harvey A. K. Whitney Lecture. We really do care. Am J Hosp Pharm.1994 Aug 15;51(16):2011-5.