Developing future generations of health and medical researchers
Our Mentorship Program pairs health and medical researchers in training with Academy Fellows, with the aim of facilitating career development and leadership capabilities of the mentee. The program is not meant to replace mentorship programs in universities and institutes, but to assist those reaching Associate Professor or junior Professor levels – through mentorship – to navigate higher level leadership and research capabilities.
Initial pairing of the mentee and mentor is arranged through the Academy, with ongoing arrangements for the mentorship activity then negotiated directly between them. Where possible, the mentor and mentee will be located in the same state, but not the same institution.
Mentees become Associate Members of the Academy during their mentorship and through this mechanism, we engage them in our other activities, for example our work to influence policy.
The formal mentorship relationship will exist for three years. At the end of the three-year relationship, each mentee will be asked to provide brief notes on the experience, how they have benefited from the relationship, and any suggestions or proposals for the committee to consider to improve the Mentorship Program.
“It has truly been life-changing and if I think back to where I was three years ago
and where I am today, it is a period of enormous personal and professional growth,
which I attribute in large part to this program.”
– Mentorship Program alumnus
Prospective mentees are asked to complete the Mentee Nomination Form and email this, along with their Curriculum Vitae and any other relevant information to [email protected]. Applications are accepted year-round and reviewed twice per year (more on this below).Download Form
Mentors are drawn from across the Academy’s Fellowship, to match the expertise, interests and needs of the mentees. Academy Fellows who are particularly keen to participate in the program as mentors are invited to complete the Mentor EOI Form – available online here or please download below and email to [email protected].Download Form
The Selection Process
The Academy’s Mentorship Program is competitive, based on a high measure of performance, achievement, and a demonstrated clear commitment to research and leadership.
Those admitted to the Academy’s Mentorship Program will be well advanced in the development of their career with an upward career trajectory. They will have a clear aim to be an independent leader of a research program and an international achiever in health and medical science research. They would normally have authored a number of research papers, and gained national or international awards, competitive grants, or achieved academic excellence, and have some emerging evidence of leadership.
Medical or other clinical graduates would normally have a Fellowship, or be well advanced towards it, together with a postgraduate research degree (PhD) and early postdoctoral experience.
Scientific, public health or allied health professional graduates would hold a PhD or comparable qualification and postdoctoral research experience.
The Academy recognises the diversity of educational and development pathways to leadership in health and medical science and will retain some flexibility in evaluating those seeking to be admitted to mentorship – in line with our Diversity and Inclusion Policy.
Prospective mentees are asked to complete the Mentee Nomination Form available above.
Submission Deadline Results Announced
16 September 2019 December 2019 – January 2020
28 February 2020 June 2020
Once selected, mentees are responsible for making arrangements to meet with their mentors. While no limits are placed upon the range of issues which mentees may want to raise in their discussions, the main aims of the Academy Mentoring Program are to provide a very experienced ‘sounding board’, someone with a broad scope of vision who may challenge the assumptions which mentees may have made, and will seek to expose or enable the mentees to discover the range of options potentially available to them.
As Associate Members, mentees receive invitations to AAHMS state and national events along with opportunities to contribute to our position papers/reports. They provide an important perspective alongside our Fellows. The Academy hosts an annual Mentorship Workshop in conjunction with our Annual Meeting, during which both mentors and mentees will have the opportunity to participate in group sessions designed to promote the training of the mentee, and to further develop the Academy’s Mentorship Program.
Academy mentors give their time and advice generously. They agree to meet with mentees up to four times per year.
Mentors will encourage mentees to take a broader view of their career path; to see their research and other roles in the context of the health status of the population, and the health policy context, including priorities and significant needs; to identify collaborative and multi-disciplinary opportunities; and to challenge the mentees’ past and present thinking.
Fellows who would like to know more about the program are asked to email the Mentorship Coordinator, [email protected].