American Medical Informatics Association Call For Mentors

Dear AMIA member,

Last year, the AMIA CIS-WG conducted a successful pilot mentorship program, and the AMIA Board of Directors approved to extend this program. We wrote to you a month ago to let you know that the Mentorship program is open for pre-registration.

We had a more than 70 Mentees sign up for the program – a great success, but we are still lacking Mentors (only 29 signed up).

We plan to match Mentors and Mentees based on interests and location as an AMIA membership benefit.

By participating mentors have the opportunity to:

  • get to know great newer trainees;
  • help newer trainees with some/all of the above in highly manageable way;
  • mold newer trainees and provide guidance you wish you had had;
  • stay in touch with the Mentee base;
  • brush up your own networking skills and build your network;
  • look for potential project collaborators and candidates for hire;
  • encourage bright minds to stick with informatics, thereby strengthening the field;
  • serve and strengthen AMIA, their professional home.

How it works

If you are interested in being a Mentor, you will ask you to go to to the AMIA Mentorship Program application on the web (http://derm.med.jhmi.edu/amia_mentorship/ ), where you will provide basic information to assist us in placing you in a good match. Once matched, Mentees and Mentors will partner actively for the duration of that calendar year. Mentors, you may participate in the program in an ongoing basis, and we hope that you will!

We will contact you with your mentorship partner’s information in the early fall. Mentees will kick things off by initiating first contact with their Mentors. You’ll interact with your program partner at least once per month for the full calendar year. We will provide you with reminders and suggestions on how to collaborate and learn most effectively from each other.

After each Annual Symposium, near the end of your official program participation year, you and your partner will be asked to provide your feedback via a survey linked to the AMIA Website.

Additional information can be found here: http://derm.med.jhmi.edu/amia_mentorship/about.cfm

Please consider becoming a mentor – we believe that all will benefit greatly from this new networking opportunity and we hope for great turnout.

Best regards

Christoph U. Lehmann, MD Chair, Working Group Steering Committee Associate Professor in Pediatrics & Health Sciences Informatics Johns Hopkins University

Catherine Craven Students’ Representative (ex officio) to the AMIA Board (2008-2009) Chair, AMIA Membership Committee (2008-2009) Immediate Past Chair, AMIA Student WG (2008)

Gilad Kuperman, MD, PhD Chair, Clinical Information Systems WG Director for Quality Informatics at New York-Presbyterian Hospital