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


 2023 SMDP MedTech DRAFT Agenda

  2023 SMDP MedTech Scholar Biographies

  2023 SMDP MedTech Mentor Biographies

  2023 SMDP MedTech Mentoring Plan

Orientation calls
Scholars and Mentors attend a 45-minute orientation web meeting to be held on the following dates:

Scholars  September 14, 2023 at 10am PT
Mentors  September 14, 2022 at 11am PT

A meeting link will be sent to you prior to the meeting

In-person training session
Scholars and Mentors will attend an in-person SMDP MedTech training session in Anaheim, October 7- 11. Details for your participation will be sent to you prior to the event.

Schedule at a Glance 
SMDP Scholars, your hotel Check-in is on Saturday, October 7 

Saturday, October 7th: Splitsville Luxury Lanes, 1530 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
6:30pm - 8:30pm Informal Dinner & bowling for 2023 Scholars and Mentors

Sunday, October 8th: J&J Institute Irvine, 31 Technology Drive, Building 29A, Irvine, CA 92618
8:00am-5:15pm SMDP MedTech Training Session

Sunday, October 8th: House of Blues Anaheim, 400 Disney Way #337, Anaheim, CA 92802
6:00pm - 9:00pm Celebration of Mentoring & Diversity in MedTech Reception - 
(By invitation only. For the 2023 SMDP Biotech Scholars and Mentors, there is no need to RSVP, your names are already on the guest list.)

Monday, October 9th: Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA 
8:00am-1:30pm SMDP MedTech Training Session & Lunch
2- 3pm Site-visit @ B. Braun

3pm SMDP Scholars depart for the 2023 The MedTech Conference
5-6:00pm The MedTech Conference Opening Reception

Tuesday, October 10th: Anaheim Convention and Exhibition Center
9am-6pm The MedTech Conference
8:30pm-11pm MTC Live Event

Wednesday, October 26th: Anaheim Convention and Exhibition Center
8:30am - 2:30pm The MedTech Conference

Photo, bio & video
Please send your biography and photo by email by end of day, Friday, September 1st. to Dustie Savage at

The biography should provide a brief professional introduction written in 3rd person and can include one line about your personal interests/hobbies. It should outline your career background, education, and any information you would like the program participants to know about you. 

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

The video can be recorded using a cell phone and should be 30-seconds or less. In the video, please include your name, title, organization and one fun fact about yourself  (you’ve been cage diving with sharks, salsa dancer, love to cook, etc). The video should be sent via Whatsapp by end of day, Friday, September 1st.  Download WhatsApp on your phone and add +805-907-6393 Dustielyn Savage and Kathy Curtis +951-234-4494. Once you added Dustie, you will be able to send her the video on WhatsApp.

Make your own arrangements for travel. Plan to arrive in Anaheim by mid afternoon on Saturday, October 7th.

Scholars: Plan to depart from Anaheim late in the day on Wednesday, October 11th. You'll be attending The MedTech Conference that day.

Mentors: Plan to depart after the SMDP MedTech Training Session ends on Monday, October 9th. Optionally you can attend The MedTech Conference October 9-11. Please notify us if you plan to attend The MedTech Conference, or if you have any questions about travel. Contact Dustie by email:

ICPD will cover the following costs for the Scholars:
meals and lodging during the training program
a $500 travel allowance

Mentors will be responsible for air travel, hotel accommodations, ground transportation.


How to dress and what to bring? 
Business attire with comfortable shoes. Scholars, bring 100 business cards and 10 copies of your Resume. Mentors, we encourage you to bring plenty of business cards as well.

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 SMDP MedTech training session on Sunday, October 8th. Each SMDP MedTech Scholar is paired with an industry mentor and will receive one year of mentoring. The SMDP MedTech Mentorship period begins October 8, 2023 and continues until October 8, 2024.

Year-long virtual mentoring
Following the virtual training session, the SMDP Scholar/Mentor pairs will meet virtually for an hour, once a month at times that they agree upon. 

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 SMDP MedTech training session.

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

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 each week on Wednesdays.

Addresses Where to go:
Host Hotel - Hyatt Place at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center
2035 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802

Scholars, a shared room has been reserved for you 
Mentors you will arrange your own accommodation

Informal Dinner & Bowling Saturday, October 7th, Splitsville Luxury Lanes, 71530 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
The event begins at 6:30pm. Scholars & Mentors, you’re on the guest list

SMDP MedTech Training Session- Day 1, Sunday, October 8th, J&J Institute Irvine, 31 Technology Drive, Building 29A, Irvine, CA 92618 Click here for parking instructions
Scholars and Mentors must attend this in-person training. 8:00am - 5:15pm

Reception Sunday, October 8th, House of Blues Anaheim, 400 Disney Way #337, Anaheim, CA 92802 For parking, we suggest guests park on the 4th floor - closest to the elevator by the EV parking stalls (this is the direct route to the House of Blues). The first hour is free and each additional hour is $3 per hour thereafter.
The reception begins at 6:00pm. Scholars & Mentors, you’re already on the guest list and do not need to rsvp.

SMDP MedTech Training Session Day 2, Monday, October 9th, Edwards Lifesciences, 1 Edwards Way, Irvine, CA 92614 - Click here for parking instructions
Scholars and Mentors will attend this in-person training. 8:00am - 1:30pm.

Site-Visit, Monday, October 9th, 2-3pm hosted by: B.Braun, 2525 McGaw Ave, Irvine, CA 92614

2023 The MedTech Conference will be held at the Anaheim Convention, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802

Scholars, you do NOT need to contact The MedTech Conference for this. Mentors, simply send an email to indicating that you would like to attend. Your registraiton information will be provided during the SMDP MedTech Wrap-up Training Session.

A vegetarian option will be available at all SMDP hosted events.  If you have more specific dietary restrictions, please plan on bringing your own food.  If you have concerns, please send an email to 


Have a question
Contact Dustie Savage:

Thanks to our sponsors

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