BMES Early Career Mentorship Program

  • What is the mentorship program?
  • Mentors, who can apply?
  • Mentees, who can apply?
  • What must applicants commit to?
  • Who are the mentors and how are matches made?
  • How do I apply?
  • When will I hear something?
 
What is the mentorship program?
The mentorship program pairs early career biomedical engineers in industry with an established industry professional (mentor) who has agreed to be in communication with a mentee for career guidance. The program provides participants with the following benefits:
  • one-on-one interactions with a more senior biomedical engineer who will serve as a career mentor
  • an opportunity to receive evaluation and advice from their mentor
  • a continuing opportunity to expand their mentoring, and potentially collaboration, networks after the meeting has ended
  • an opportunity to meet in person at the BMES Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ October 11th -14th
 
Mentees: Who can apply?
BMES members who have been working in industry for 3 years or less are encouraged to apply. The applicant must be an active BMES member and in good standing with the society.
 
Mentors: Who can apply?
BMES members who have been working in industry for 5 years or more are encouraged to apply as mentors. The applicant must be an active BMES member and in good standing with the society. The applicant must work in a biomedical-related field – e.g. Medical device (cardiac, orthopedic, etc.), Government/Regulatory (FDA, CDC, etc) , Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Research and Development, Quality, Clinical, Law, Nonprofit, etc.
 
Applicants must commit to:
at minimum, 1 phone call per month to plan goals and track career plan progress
at minimum, one in-person with their mentor – presumable at the BMES Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ October 11th -14th
at the end of one year, completing a mentor/mentee survey to assess the pairing and determine if both parties would like to continue
BMES membership cannot lapse during the time of the mentorship
 
Who are the mentors and how are they matched?
Our mentors are current BMES Members who cover a broad range of biomedical engineering sub-disciplines and positions, at more senior career stages. Mentors will be matched to mentees based on mentee preference and suitability. We encourage mentees to identify specific interests- e.g. Medical device (cardiac, orthopedic, etc.), Government/Regulatory (FDA, CDC, etc) , Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Research and Development, Quality, Clinical, Law, Nonprofit, etc. for the best possible fit.
How do I apply?
Early Career members interested in participating in the mentoring program can update their BMES profile from the BMES website and state that they are interested in being paired with a mentor. Also, as part of the pairing process, please send in a single PDF file to Sara Muldoon at (sara.muldoon13@gmail.com) with the title ‘Mentorship program application’, by September 1, 2017 which includes:
  • current CV/resume
  • short paragraph stating their current career stage, future career goals, and mentoring needs (no more than 1 page)
If there are particular concerns, obstacles or challenges you face or have faced that are relevant to your interest in mentorship or career progression, you are welcome to include them in your application.
 
What next?
We will sort applications and pair mentees with mentors in early September.  You will receive your match in late September and can begin communications and make arrangements for the first in-person meeting.