Download the 2023 SMDP Call for Applicants
Applications for 2023 are now closed
in-person conference in 2023
The 2023 SMDP Biotech training session will be held June 3-8, 2023
in-person conference in 2023
The 2023 SMDP MedTech training session will be held Oct 7-11, 2023
Apply for SMDP Biotech or MedTech by April 7th, 2023 - Applications are now closed
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
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.
How do I apply?
How is SMDP publicized and how are applicants invited?
The International Center for Professional Development (ICPD) distributes information about the program through its websites and sends emails directly to universities and academic institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico. The SMDP Scholars Alumni have also become a large source for word of mouth referrals.
How are SMDP Scholars selected?
Scholar selection for each program is carried out by a committee of representatives from industry. Applicants are evaluated based on predetermined criteria. The committee's recommendations are compiled and a summary report is used to determine the final selection participants.
When will I be notified of my selection status?
Applicants will be informed of their selection status within 30 days after the application deadline.
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