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The following is taken from the Erasmus Medical Center website: Mentoring Program

Are you a budding scientist or a junior medical specialist? Do you feel you need strategic advice on your research or your studies? Do you want to increase your visibility and improve your networking skills? Do you have questions about your scientific career? A mentor can possibly help you address these issues. Erasmus MC organizes a Mentoring Program every year for 20 talented scientists (clinicians as well as non-clinicians) who are working at Erasmus MC.

What do we mean by mentoring?
Mentoring is a method in which a mentor shares his/her experience, skills and expertise to support the learning and development needs of mentees. Mentoring is characterized by mutual identification of the career path and work within the organization by the mentor and mentee: one (the mentor), however, has already acquired more experience and followed part of the career path while the other (the mentee) is getting started on his/her career path. The mentor is a guide, acts as a sounding board, is a role model and a professional who can provide feedback on the development process of the mentee.

Who is eligible?
The program focuses primarily on budding scientists (clinicians and non-clinicians) with potential to develop into a post of lecturer, senior lecturer or professor. The mentee completed his/her PhD within the last 5 years (clinicians) or 3 years (non-clinicians). In special circumstances (with good reason), other periods may apply. Furthermore, the mentee has applied for an external grant. The mentee is driven and ambitious, a good team player and has leadership potential.

The role of a Mentor
The mentor holds at least one high position in a scientific career and has no direct working relationship and/or has a non-hierarchical relationship with the mentee. The mentor has a successful career at Erasmus MC and is considered a role model. A mentor and mentee are matched for a period of one year and meet at least four times per year. Discussion topics can include ‘career choices/ career planning’, ‘strategic advice on research and education’, ‘visibility and networking’, ‘operating in a political-administrative context’ and/or ‘personal effectiveness’.

Additional information
If you register for the Postdoc Network, you will be informed about the mentoring program and how to subscribe. For more information about mentoring, , please contact Marlies van der Meer, Management advies/ Management Development ( or 06 13903606.

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