What is SMDP?
The one year career mentoring program pairs ethnically 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 industries.
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.
The goals of the program for the mentors, mentees and partner companies are described in this presentation:
Video about SMDP
SMDP Biotech Report 2010-2019
SMDP MedTech Report 2012-2019
SMDP Overview & Program Goals
Past program materials:
2019 SMDP MedTech Training Agenda & Scholar Bios
2019 SMDP Biotech Training Agenda & Scholar Bios
2018 SMDP MedTech Training Agenda & Scholar Bios
Who may apply?
Baccalaureate, graduate, Ph.D. students or Post-Doctoral researchers from racial and ethnic groups (Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans and Native Americans), underrepresented in the medical technology, biotechnology and consumer healthcare workforce.
Applicants must be eligible to work permanently in the United States without needing a visa or sponsorship.
The program application form lists the disciplines and skills we seek for each sector.
How do SMDP Scholars receive mentoring?
With their mentors, SMDP Scholars develop a Personalized Mentoring Plan which includes 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.