Mentor Match

 

Mentor Match is an online tool for ACRP Members to establish mentoring relationships, and the latest addition to an expanding lineup of value-added benefits available to support ACRP Members’ professional development needs.

ABOUT MENTOR MATCH

Mentoring is about developing others and helping them reach their goals. An essential part of being a leader in clinical research is to serve as a mentor to other clinical research professionals.

Mentor Match provides ACRP Members the opportunity to serve in both the capacity of mentor and mentee. The program is about growing professionally and networking with fellow ACRP Members; it is not about finding a job.

Mentor Match is available FREE to ACRP Members.

The platform is user-driven, allowing registered mentees to search among registered mentors using specified criteria to find individuals whose experience and expertise match areas in which they wish to be mentored. Likewise, registered mentors can search for and identify potential mentees.

HOW IT WORKS

Getting started with Mentor Match as a mentor or mentee takes just a few minutes of your time by following three easy steps:

  1. Enroll online as a mentor, mentee, or both. During the enrollment process, select the areas in which you are comfortable mentoring, or those in which you would like to be mentored. If you are not enrolled, you will not be able to connect with a mentor or a mentee.
  2. Search the Mentor or Mentee directory in the Online Community for ACRP Members who match your interests and schedule until you find the right fit.
  3. Send your preferred mentor or mentee a request to connect. Your request will be delivered via email. Once it’s received, mentors and mentees can accept or decline requests based on fit.

Enroll Now to Get Started!

Take the first step in growing professionally and networking with your fellow ACRP Members by signing up as a mentor or mentee.

ENROLL AS MENTEE   ENROLL AS MENTOR

Mentor Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I become a mentor?

ENROLL AS MENTOR

Please note you will be instructed to choose your mentoring topic preferences and to complete your ACRP Online Community member profile.

What are the expectations for participating mentors?

  • Must be an ACRP member in good standing.
  • Must fill out their profiles on the ACRP Mentoring website, selecting their mentoring areas.
  • Will have a maximum of 2 mentees at any given time.
  • Will make a commitment of 4 months (maximum) to each mentee.
  • Will attend scheduled kick off call with mentee (mentee must schedule the call).
  • Will review mentee’s goals.
  • Will provide insight, knowledge and understanding to mentee.
  • Will determine type(s) of communication desired with mentee (telephone, email, text, in-person) and jointly review the Mentoring Plan.
  • Will complete an evaluation at the end of the mentoring relationship. If a mentor is working with two mentees that have similar goals, the mentor may structure some (but not all) consultations as a group, if mutually agreeable to the mentees.

Who are the mentees?
Mentees are ACRP members who need you to help support their careers.

Can I have more than one mentee?
ACRP recommends a mentor have a maximum of two mentees at any given time. You can limit the number of mentee requests you are willing to accept on the mentor enrollment page.

How do I find mentees?
Once you have enrolled as a mentor, go the Mentoring Directory and select the criteria you want to use for your mentee search. Click on the mentees’ names to view their profiles. Once you have found a good match, send a mentee request by selecting the button under their photo.

How will I know if a mentee has selected me as their mentor?
You will receive an e-mail from the mentee requesting you to be their mentor. You will be prompted to accept or reject the request.

Is it okay to reject a request?
Yes, but there should be a good reason for doing so. We encourage you to at least have an initial conversation to explore whether the relationship would be mutually fulfilling. If a potential mentee has misinterpreted information in your profile, you may find him/her to be an inappropriate match. If you want to decline a request, go to the “My Mentoring Relationships” page and check the “decline” button next to the specific request.

What if I’m going to be on vacation or unavailable for a period of time?
Go to the “Mentor Enrollment” page, click the “Mentor Status” link then click on the check-box next to “Temporarily Not Participating.” Doing this will indicate you are not accepting any mentee requests at the moment, and your mentoring profile will not be included in a mentee’s search for a mentor. It is your responsibility to communicate your availability to your existing mentees.

How do I end a mentoring relationship?
If the mentoring relationship is complete, go to the “My Mentoring Relationships” page and mark the relationship as “completed.”

If the mentoring relationship isn’t working out, please kindly discuss your decision to end the relationship with your mentee. Go to the “My Mentoring Relationships” page and mark the relationship as “completed.”

How much time will I need to invest as a mentor?
We recommend you and your mentees agree on a schedule that works best for both of you. You should both review the Mentoring Plan (detailing the mentee’s expectations, how the mentoring will be delivered, outline and target dates). The most important thing is to discuss your mutual expectations about time and communication at the start of your relationship. Keep in mind mentoring doesn’t necessarily require large amounts of your time. Even brief phone calls or e-mail exchanges with you can make a big difference to your Mentees. The annual meeting and chapter events offer convenient venues for getting together with your mentee(s) over coffee or lunch.

What benefits do I receive from the organization if I participate as a mentor in the program?
All mentors are volunteers. As an active program participant, you will receive a ribbon (electronic badge located on your Online Community Profile) identifying you as a mentor.

Mentee Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I become a mentee?

ENROLL AS MENTEE

Please note you will be instructed to choose your mentoring topic preferences and to complete your ACRP Online Community member profile.

Can ACRP help me communicate my mentoring needs?
Yes, please take a moment to complete your Mentee Checklist. This will help your determine your end goal for each mentoring relationship and you and your mentor can use this in your Mentoring Plan.

Expectations of mentees:

  • Must be an ACRP member in good standing.
  • Must fill out their profiles on the ACRP Mentoring website; selecting the areas you wish to be mentored.
  • Must schedule/attend kick off call with your mentor.
  • Must have clear goals (SMART) they want to achieve from mentoring relationship and develop a mentoring plan.
  • Must have no more than two mentors at any given time. Will make a commitment to a 4-month (maximum) relationship with their mentor. Length of commitment to the relationship will be by agreement between the mentor and the mentee.
  • Must complete an evaluation at the end of the mentoring relationship.
  • Must send a recap of each communication to the Mentor to ensure both parties are on the same page.

Who are the mentors?
Mentors are ACRP Members who have volunteered their time to support other members’ careers.

Can I have more than one mentor?
ACRP recommends each mentee have no more than 2 mentors at any given time. Please keep in mind that mentors have limited time to offer and may have other mentoring relationships.

How do I find a mentor?
Once you have enrolled as a mentee, go to the Mentoring Directory and select the criteria you want to use for your mentor search. Click on the mentors’ names to view their profiles. Once you have found a good match, send the mentor a request by selecting the button under their photo.

What should I do if I don’t hear from the mentor I requested?
If you don’t hear from the mentor within one or two weeks, feel free to contact them using the contact information found on their profile page.

What if the mentor isn’t the right “fit” for my needs?
Sometimes, regardless of the information provided, mentors and mentees don’t always “fit.” If this happens, we suggest you discuss your decision honestly and kindly with your mentor; thank them for their time then start a new mentor search.

Where can I meet with my mentor?
It is up to you and your mentor to decide how, when and where you want to pursue your mentoring relationship. It is likely that most of your communication will occur by phone or electronically. The ACRP Meeting & Expo and local chapter events offer great opportunities to meet in person.

How long does the mentoring relationship last?
We recommend you and your mentor agree on a schedule that works best for both of you. The most important thing is to discuss your mutual expectations about time and communication at the start of your relationship.