The MAPS Mentorship Program pairs new Medical Affairs professionals with experienced Medical Affairs leaders, providing mentees with access to valuable support, professional development, and career guidance, while giving mentors a way to shape the future of the function. This program is available to MAPS members only. Spaces are limited so be sure to get you applications in early.
The application period for Cohort 4 has now closed!
Registration for Cohort 5 will open in October 2022
Cohort 5 Program Dates: January 16th to June 30th, 2023
When Robin Winter-Sperry, MD took her first Medical Affairs position, her mentor, Evelyn, was one of the few female managers. Check out Robin’s description of her mentor in this video and this article.
For Tim Mikhelashvili, working with a mentor was a game-changer for his Medical Affairs career. Now Tim and other Medical Affairs thought leaders are paying it forward through the MAPS Mentorship Program.
“Mentorship is a really important part of self-development,” says Lauren Kennedy, describing why she is participating as a MAPS mentor and member of the Mentorship Program Focus Area Working Group.
To inspire Medical Affairs professionals of various backgrounds, experience, and levels of responsibility to create a next generation of leaders and to generate a stronger sense of belonging, advocacy, and community across the industry through a continuing partnership in education and self-reflection that leads to personal growth.
The mission of the MAPS Mentorship Working Group is to create an individualized venue to empower a deeper connection and exchange of expertise among members across the globe. A MAPS Mentorship experience can expand personal areas of interest, build awareness and collaboration across functions, regions and Medical Affairs organizations.
The Mentorship Program Is:
For MAPS Members only (+$60 fee for mentees; free for mentors)
Time-bound: 1 hour minimum, once per month, for 6 months
Mentee-driven / Mentor-guided
A shared responsibility and commitment
Two-way dialogue and partnership
The Mentorship Program Is Not:
Career or outplacement service
MENTOR PAIRING PROCESS
Your application will be submitted to the MAPS Mentorship Working Group who will evaluate it based on your background and mentorship needs. Applications will be reviewed at the end of each application period. If you qualify for the program, the MAPS Mentorship Working Group will match you with a mentor. MAPS will then bring you in touch with the mentor through e-mail and it will be left up to the mentor and you to arrange how and when you will meet. At the end of the six-month mentorship period, both the mentor and the mentee will fill out an evaluation form for the program.
Become a Mentee
A chance to enhance your network
An opportunity to clarify your career goals
Receive encouragement and non-supervisory feedback in a supportive environment
Have a support mechanism to help handle career challenges
A Mentee is Expected to:
Schedule meetings: meet with the mentor approximately one hour per month
Discuss expectations of the mentoring partnership
Develop and drive meeting agendas
Take initiative and be proactive in own career development
Keep manager informed of mentoring progress, and schedule to ensure that it does not conflict with assignments and priorities
Participate in open and honest discussions with the mentor; be open to feedback from the mentor
Develop an individual development plan with feedback from mentors and manager
Evaluate progress against the developmental goals
Applying learnings from this program in current role
An opportunity to change a person’s life via personalized attention to a mentee’s professional growth
Keep important skills alive in the next generation, by passing them on
Teaching helps you learn, and brush up on skills you may forgot you need
Collectively, mentors can strengthen the future of Medical Affairs teams
Gain a pulse on the challenges that employees face at other companies
Must be a MAPS Member
Commitment: 1 hour minimum, once a month, per round
Minimum of 2 years experience (direct or related area) to at least one of the MAPS Focus Areas. (i.e. Compliance, Digital Strategy, Evidence Generation, External Education, Field Medical, Insights, Medical Communications, Medical Information, Medical Strategy & Launch Excellence, MedTech, Patient Centricity).
A Mentor is Expected to:
Commit to the mentoring process by meeting with the mentee at least once a month and plan to spend an average of one hour a month working with the mentee
Support the meeting process by:
Discussing and developing expectations of the mentoring partnership
Suggesting agenda items
Communicating before and after the meetings
Assuming three main coaching roles:
Teacher : Assisting mentee in setting individual developmental goals and plans to achieve them
Guide: Discussing work-related concerns impeding performance or career growth; sharing organizational knowledge gained from personal experience
Challenger: Providing objective and honest feedback