Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Medical Technology (SMDP MedTech)


 2021 SMDP MedTech Agenda

Submit your photo and bio
Scholars and mentors, if you have not already sent us your biography and photo, please email these items to Dustie Savage at

The biography should be a two-paragraph professional introduction written in 3rd person. It outlines your career background, education, and any information you would like your mentor/mentee to know about you. Feel free to include one line about your personal interests/hobbies.

The photo should be a jpg of your head and shoulders only, with a plain background behind you.

Schedule and Logistics
SMDP Training Session: Scholars and Mentors will attend a virtual SMDP MedTech training session via web conference, 7:30-2:30pm PST, Oct 4th and 5th. Details for your participation will be sent to you prior to the event.

The SMDP Portal: Used to manage your mentoring plan and access ongoing career training materials. A profile is created for all SMDP participants, so you can log on to connect with other Scholars, Mentors and company representatives. You'll receive your username and password for the SMDP Mentoring Portal by email prior to the start of the SMDP MedTech training session.

An orientation for the SMDP Portal will also be provided during the SMDP MedTech training session.

Personalized Mentoring Plan: As part of the SMDP training session Scholars will complete a personalized mentoring plan with the help of their mentors. The mentoring plan is created on the SMDP portal and can be reviewed/edited online.

SMDP Mentorship:
Mentee/Mentee pairing will be announced during the virtual SMDP MedTech training session on Sunday, Oct 4th. Each SMDP MedTech Scholar is paired with an industry mentor and will receive one year of mentoring. The SMDP MedTech Mentorship period begins Oct 4, 2020 and continues until Oct 4, 2021.

Mentoring Updates: Scholars meet virtually with mentors for at least one hour per month. Following each monthly mentoring meeting, Scholars submit a mentoring update on the SMDP Portal.

Weekly Mentor Moment: As part of their monthly mentoring meetings Scholars and Mentors select and discuss a recent Mentor Moment topic A new Mentor Moment is added to the SMDP portal each week on Wednesdays.

In Person Networking, Reception & Site Visit: For Scholars and Mentors Sept 26-27, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN

The MedTech Conference: Scholars and Mentors will be registered to attend the MedTech Conference, Sept 27-29, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN. You do NOT need to contact the MedTech Conference for this. Your registraiton information will be provided closer to the date of the Conference.

Have a question?
Contact Dustie Savage at:

Contact Elisabeth Valerio at:

Thanks to our sponsors

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies Amgen Johnson & Johnson AstraZeneca Johnson & Johnson MD&D Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J
Pfizer The MedTech Conference ICPD Incyte
Abbott Merck Medtronic Baxter Genentech
Boston Scientific Dennis & LInda Fenton Edwards Lifesciences B. Braun Medical, Inc.