Mentorship Program

SHEA’s Mentorship Program is designed to create a strong networking community.  

We have a 2 categories applicants can choose from when deciding to become a mentor or mentee. 

Apply to become a mentor or mentee when you register to attend the SHEA Spring Conference. The Mentorship Subcommittee will select the mentees and appropriately pair them with a mentor.  

Mentor:

  • Mid-Career Mentor: In practice for 5-7 years. Still new in their career but willing to mentor those who are just starting (1-2 years) in the field.
  • Senior Mentor: In practice for 8 years or more or retired. Has held leadership positions with SHEA, IDSA, APIC, or other like societies, and/or high positions at their institution, place of work, or state/federal level.

Prospective mentors should be experienced healthcare professionals. Mentors can expect to build a connection that can help build a budding career. All mentors must apply to be considered. Mentors may consider this program for a variety of reasons:

  • Eager to share their knowledge and experience with others
  • Looking to expand their network of like-minded colleagues
  • Want to build long lasting relationships
  • Want to help build a stronger SHEA Membership

Mentee:

  • Mid-Career Mentee: 4-7 years into their career. Is active in the fields of healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship, and/or public health.
  • Junior Mentee: 0-5 years into their career or still in training (e.g., fellow, resident, student).

The program will continue throughout the entirety of 2023. SHEA requires that all mentees and mentors participate in the following activities:

  • Formal Introductions – mentors and mentees should connect before the conference by phone or email.
  • While at SHEA Spring:
    • Attend the Mentorship Breakfast to meet mentors and other SHEA leaders on April 12, 2023.
    • Meet with your mentor to discuss science, career development, and networking opportunities.
    • Attend session(s) of common interest with your mentor.
    • Optional interaction during the conference, such as attending posters during lunch.

Prospective mentees who are either experienced or new to the fields of healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship, and/or public health are welcome to apply. Your mentor will provide you with the benefit of their career experience, vision, advice, and planning in order to further your own career aspirations. Mentees may consider this program for a variety of reasons:

  • Considering a career in healthcare epidemiology
  • Looking to get more involved in SHEA
  • Looking to expand their network of like-minded colleagues

All participants must register to attend SHEA Spring 2023 in order to participate in this year’s Mentorship Program. Please note only those attending in person will be able to participate in the program.