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Pathways Mentor Advisors

In AMIA, mentorship is defined as a relationship between two people with the goal of two-way professional and personal development. A successful mentor holistically supports the growth and the goals of the mentee – sharing knowledge, experience, resources, and providing guidance, without necessarily prescribing a set course of action. Mutual, proactive and effective communication pertaining to shared goals, concerns, and feedback provides a healthy basis for mentorship.

For many Pathways Fellows, and some mentors, this may be the first time they have been involved in a mentorship relationship. To help ensure a good match and to provide advice or other resources as needed to mentors and mentees, there are Mentorship Advisors available throughout the mentorship period.

Mentorship Advisors, either alone or in pairs, work directly with each mentee (fellow) and mentor to provide guidance throughout the mentorship period. The goal of each MA is to match a mentee with a mentor and to serve as support for both throughout the mentorship, ensuring they have the resources they need for their mentorship relationship to flourish.

MAs work to pair mentees with a mentor by reviewing the mentee profile, speaking with the mentee about their mentorship goals, and then matching the mentee with the appropriate mentor. In matching mentors with mentees, the MAs review mentor applications as well as outreach directly to members who may be a good fit for the mentee. Prior to matching, MAs speak with the mentor about the potential mentee(s) and their own goals for the mentorship relationship.

Throughout the mentorship period, MAs check in with their mentors and mentees  on a regular basis to discuss how they think the mentorship relationship is progressing, relay any concerns or questions and offer suggestions on the further development of the mentorship program.

Pairing Mentors with Mentees

MAs work to pair mentees with a mentor by reviewing the mentee profile, speaking with the mentee about their mentorship goals, and then matching the mentee with the appropriate mentor. In matching mentors with mentees, the MAs review mentor applications as well as outreach directly to members who may be a good fit for the mentee. Prior to matching, MAs speak with the mentor about the potential mentee(s) and their own goals for the mentorship relationship.

Throughout the mentorship period, MAs check in with their mentors and mentees  on a regular basis to discuss how they think the mentorship relationship is progressing, relay any concerns or questions and offer suggestions on the further development of the mentorship program.

During the Mentorship Period

Once matched, MAs check in regularly with mentors and mentees. The frequency of the check-ins may vary depending on the needs of the mentor/mentee pair, but should be at minimum once per month. It’s possible MAs may check in more frequently during the beginning of the mentorship period to ensure all is going well.

MAs work with both the mentor and mentee to determine the best mode of communication (ie. phone, email, text, etc).  Examples of questions to ask during check-ins include (but aren’t limited to) –

  • What about the mentorship relationship are you most enjoying?
  • What about the mentorship relationship do you find most challenging?
  • How often are you meeting with your mentor/mentee? Is the frequency working for you?
  • What is your primary method of communication with your mentor/mentee?
  • Is there anyone that we can help make an introduction to for you?
  • What kind of support/ would be most useful to you? (ie: creating SMART goals, goal planning, skills development, confidence building, battling imposter syndrome,  etc…)

2023 Pathways Mentorship Timeline

  • June 14 Mentorship Call
  • June 5-25 Interview Mentees – begin outreach for mentor match if needed
  • June 21 Mentorship Call – Check in/Progress/Discussion of Mentor Outreach
  • June 26 Mentorship Call – Final mentorship matches
  • July 1 Assign Mentors
  • July 12 Mentorship Training (MAs invited)
  • July 15-20 Mentorship orientations/first meetings (MAs invited)
  • July 26 Mentorship Call – Check In
  • August 9 Mentorship Roundtable – Mentors and MAs
  • September 6 Mentorship Call – Check In
  • October 4 Mentorship Roundtable – Mentors and MAs
  • November 1 Mentorship Call – Check In
  • December 13 Mentorship Call – Check In
  • January 1 Mentorship Survey