This program is designed to help ISPE members develop their capabilities and expand their professional networks so that they are better able to fulfill their goals as pharmacoepidemiologists.
A traditional approach to mentoring includes two people: someone with experience and insight into a specific career, field or area of knowledge and someone who is either new to the field or looking to expand their development in a specific area. A mentor is willing to take a personal interest in a mentee to guide and support the mentee’s long-term professional development. A mentor and mentee do not have to be employed in the same type of work environment for a mentoring relationship to be beneficial.
Becoming a mentor offers you an opportunity to foster the development of another member working in pharmacoepidemiology while enhancing your own skills in listening and problem solving. If you answer yes to any of the questions below, you may be the right person to assist others in their professional development:
There are many reasons to become a mentee. As you think about finding a mentor, consider the purpose of the relationship and your developmental needs. Below is a short list of questions you should ask to identify whether being mentored is right for you:
As a mentor, it is your responsibility to provide guidance to your mentee based on his/her learning needs and development areas. This can be accomplished in several ways. You can act as a resource, advisor, teacher, model, sponsor, consultant or guide. No matter what role you play, remember that you are responsible for being the expert in this relationship, or in some cases, helping the mentee find access to the appropriate experts. You are not expected to drive the relationship, do the work for the mentee, or assume your advice will be followed.
As a mentee, it is your responsibility to take ownership of your learning and development needs. Prior to the start of the relationship, you should assess your areas of strength and developmental needs so you can establish a mentoring plan that will inform your mentoring objectives. It is also your responsibility to initiate contact with your mentor and ensure the mentor helps you attain your goals. You are not expected know all the questions you should ask, fit all learning into one mentoring relationship, or assume your mentor has unlimited time for you.