Mentoring Program

PI-TB Mentoring Program

""The ATS Mentoring program provides a wonderful opportunities for Early Career attendees to meet with more established members of the ATS. It is great for networking, career advice and research collaborations. I have made great collegial and academic friends through this program - both as a mentee and as a mentor." - Charles Dela Cruz, MD, PhD, ATSF

This Mentoring Program is fantastic opportunity for all early career PI-TB members (mentees) attending the annual ATS International Conference to meet with an assigned senior PI-TB members (mentor) and get some great one-on-one advice!

The program's mission is to welcome new members to the PI-TB Assembly and the ATS meeting, help make our large assembly and the actual ATS meeting feel smaller and more personal for new/early career attendees while creating a supportive community for the career development of our next generation of students, physicians and investigator.

The goals and expectations of the mentor and mentee are outlined below:

Expectations for Mentors

The key role of the mentor is to direct the mentee's professional development, and provide career guidance.  These might include exploring research opportunities, finding mentorship/guidance at their own institution, establishing collaborations, etc.

  • Should attend the ATS conference and make time for the mentee during the conference. Mentorship can extend beyond this initial meeting if the Mentor and Mentee choose to, but is not mandatory.
  • Should assist in determining mentee's short- and long- term goals and set a clear timeline for achieving these goals.  Example of goals: abstract or grant submission, manuscript submissions, collaborations with others in the field, etc.
  • Offer advice in course work, research training, and provide constructive feedback if this is an area the mentee wants feedback on
  • Establish a strategy for a mentees' career development

Expectations for Mentees

  • It is the responsibility of the mentee to reach out to the mentor to start the mentorship. Initial contact should occur before the ATS meeting so that a time to meet can be set up during the conference.
  • Mentee should identify developmental needs and set development goals prior to the meeting.  At a minimum, prior to meeting with your mentor, mentee should write down three goals that to discuss and achieve through mentoring.
  • Mentee should also write down three things that you would like your mentor to offer as a part of the relationship.
  • Prepare a short bio and CV to share with your mentor, either by email prior to your first meeting or during the first meeting.  Recommend asking your mentor what he/she prefers.

Anyone can sign up to be a mentee or a mentor (or both). Prospective mentors and mentees will be asked to provide us with some brief information about scholarly activities, research, and goals to facilitate the pairings in an on-line survey (takes less than 5 minutes to complete).

Meetings between mentors and mentees can occur at any time during the ATS conference that is convenient for both parties.

We would like to thank the volunteer mentors in advance for their participation in this program.  We realize how invaluable everyone's time is.  Your dedication and generosity will ensure our continued success with PI-TB membership and the future of this Assembly.

If you would like to participate in our mentoring program, sign up below. Please note that our mentoring program is currently offered solely to ATS International Conference attendees.

Last Reviewed: August 2018