What is SMDP?
The one year career mentoring program pairs diverse students (Baccalaureate, Master or Ph.D.) and early career researchers with industry mentors who work at companies in the medical technology, biotechnology and consumer healthcare companies.
With their mentors, Scholars attend a 5-day training session to learn about career opportunities in industry and receive career development coaching. They also attend a major industry conference.
What are the benefits of mentoring with SMDP?
What experience is required to become a mentor?
Are mentors also minorities?
Mentors can be any ethnicity.
How do companies select staff as mentors?
ICPD provides participating companies with a mentor recruitment flyer, which is typically distributed by human resources or communications departments to all qualified staff within the company.
Once mentors have been identified, ICPD provides the mentors with additional orientation information and prepares them for the mentoring experience. ICPD also provides ongoing support for mentors as part of the program.
What committments are mentors making?
How do SMDP Scholars receive mentoring?
With their mentors, SMDP Scholars develop a Personalized Mentoring Plan which ncludes goals and action items designed to prepare the SMDP Scholars for careers in the medical technology, biotechnology or consumer healthcare industries.
Mentor-mentee teams carry out their mentoring plans for a year following the SMDP training session. They communicate monthly once a month by phone, email and virtually, aided by ICPD staff and the SMDP Mentoring Portal, a web-based tool that supports mentor-mentee collaboration and communication.
Want to become a SMDP Mentor?
Contact Elisabeth Freeman at:
or call us at 951 599-4956.