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TOA Mentoring Program

This Mentoring Program is an opportunity for all early-career TO members (mentees) to connect virtually with an assigned senior TO members (mentor). 

The program's mission is to welcome new members to the TO Assembly and ATS meeting, help our large Assembly and Meeting feel smaller/more personal for early-career attendees and create a supportive community for the career development of our next generation of pulmonary/critical care medicine students, physicians and investigators. While the only expectation for the mentee-mentor pairing is to connect virtually, continued exchange beyond would be a welcomed outcome.

Anyone can sign up to be a mentee or a mentor (or both). Mentors and mentees are asked to provide us with some brief information about scholarly activities, research, and goals to facilitate the pairings.

We would like to thank the volunteer mentors in advance for their participation in this program and their investment of time and expertise in the TO membership and future of our Assembly. The success of this program will rely on the generosity of TO members who are willing to share their insights and experience with others.

Expectations for Mentors

The key role of the mentor is to direct the mentee's professional development and provide career guidance. In addition, the role of the mentor is to aid the fellow to explore the available research opportunities.


  • Introduce yourself and start a dialog with the assigned mentee by virtual or digital means.
  • Offer advice in course work, research training, career development, or a topic of high priority to the mentee as indicated in the survey; and provide constructive feedback.
  •  Arrange a virtual meeting and advise on the mentee's short- and long-term goals and assist in strategizing to achieve these goals.

Expectations for Mentees

  • Introduce yourself and start a dialog with your assigned mentor by virtual or digital means. 
  • Prepare a short bio and CV to share with your mentor via the survey and when you and your mentor first connect.
  • The mentee should identify developmental needs and set development goals prior to meeting with the mentor.
  • Arrange for a digital/virtual meeting at a time that works for both. Be proactive about communication, while being considerate of your mentor's time.

If you would like to participate in our mentoring program, sign up below. 

Contact: toa@thoracic.org