Join us now to connect, collaborate and boost your professional development through The Alliance Transplant Mentorship Program. Whether you’re a mentor or a mentee, you’ll find this program to be an extensively rewarding component of your transplant career.

This program’s purpose is to engage experienced transplant professionals to connect with staff across the country who are new to their transplant career or role, and support them as they immerse themselves in the donation and transplant community. The goal of this program is to establish a network of support for transplant professionals, in order to inspire, encourage and pave the way to career success and longevity in a high-stakes career field.

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  • Information For Mentors

    An Alliance Transplant Mentor is a transplant professional within their field of expertise and is available to support others through providing wisdom and perspective. They are not consultants or problem solvers. Rather, they walk alongside their colleagues by bridging their colleagues to other professionals and resources, listening and encouraging, sharing their personal knowledge and experience and role modeling.

    The Alliance Mentorship Program Code of Conduct can be read here.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is mentoring?

      Mentoring is the development of a voluntary, one-on-one mentorship between a mentee and an experienced transplant professional for the purpose of strengthening career and personal development.

    • Who can be a mentee?

      Mentees are employees of any transplant organization within the United States, who is new to his/her transplant career, or new to his/her specific role. Mentees are developing professionals, who are eager for career guidance and advice. They often need encouragement and support as they learn the ins and outs of our complex field, and learn how to manage their time, workload, patient relationships, etc.

    • When are mentor applications due?

      The Alliance solicits applications on a quarterly basis. The current due date is listed on this webpage.

    • How are mentors vetted?

      Once the deadline has passed, all mentors will be vetted by contacting the reference listed.

    • When will I be matched?

      The Alliance strives to match mentors with mentees after they have been approved as a mentor. If no mentees are currently seeking mentorship, the mentor will remain in the database until they choose to withdraw or a mentee has been identified.

    • How long will the commitment be? 

      Mentors agree to a minimum of a one-year mentorship. They may choose to stay on longer if desired, provided they have abided by the established code of conduct. In general, we recommend spending 3-5 hours together a month, which can include phone calls, video conferencing, e-mail communication, networking opportunities or mock interviews. Keep in mind, mentors and mentees can be located anywhere in the country, so components like face-to face meetings or in-person professional networking events may not be a possibility. The mentor and mentee can determine at the end of six months how they want to conclude or continue with their relationship.

    • How are mentoring pairs made?

      Once a mentee completes his or her application, The Alliance will evaluate their information and issue matching requests to our pool of eligible mentors. Mentors and mentees will be matched as closely as possible, based on areas of work, specialty and needs of the mentee. To complete the matching process as expeditiously as possible, your prompt response during these requests is appreciated.

    • How does the mentorship begin?

      Once a mentor and mentee have been paired, The Alliance will conduct an introductory call between both parties and will facilitate the call to ensure parameters of communication and goals of the mentorship are discussed and agreed upon. After this introductory call, it will be between the mentor and mentee to connect based on their agreed-upon method and frequency.

    • What am I expected to discuss with my mentee?

      Mentors should work with their mentee to determine expected goals and what kind of support will be most useful— feedback related to specific career components or challenges, general career advice, information on professional development, technical information, etc.

    • What if I don’t get matched?

      We will do our best to ensure that every mentor has an opportunity to participate; however we may occasionally experience a limited pool of mentors/mentees. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work diligently to ensure you are paired with a mentor who can help you in your career journey.

    • If you are experiencing any concerns in your mentorship or have questions, please contact us immediately so we can support you. 

      If the match isn’t working and/or if you need support, be sure to contact us rather than waiting until after the mentorship period is over to voice your concerns. Email info@odt-alliance.org or call 786-866-8730.

  • Information for Mentees

    An Alliance Transplant Mentor is a transplant professional within their field of expertise and is available to support others through providing wisdom and perspective. They are not consultants or problem solvers. Rather, they walk alongside their colleagues by bridging their colleagues to other professionals and resources, listening and encouraging, sharing their personal knowledge and experience and role modeling.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is mentoring? 

      Mentoring is the development of a voluntary, one-on-one mentorship between a new transplant professional or a transplant professional new to their role and an experienced transplant professional (mentor) for the purpose of strengthening career development.

    • Who are the mentors?  

      Mentors are experienced transplant professionals, serving in various career capacities and transplant centers across the country. Mentors work with mentees to define goals and provide guidance to achieve these goals.

    • How much time are we expected to work together? 

      We recommend spending at least two hours together a month (recommended 3-5 hours per month), which can include phone calls, video conferencing, face-to-face meetings (where available), or by attending networking opportunities hosted by The Alliance.

    • How do I obtain a mentor?

      Complete the online application form in full. The Alliance will work to ensure you are paired with a mentor who matches your specific career development needs as closely as possible.

    • How are mentoring pairs made?  

      Once a mentee completes his or her application, The Alliance will evaluate their information and issue matching requests to our pool of eligible mentors. Mentors and mentees will be matched as closely as possible, based on areas of work, specialty and needs of the mentee. To complete the matching process as expeditiously as possible, your prompt response during these requests is appreciated.

    • How does the mentorship begin?

      Once a mentor and mentee have been paired, The Alliance will conduct an introductory call between both parties and will facilitate the call to ensure parameters of communication and goals of the mentorship are discussed and agreed upon. After this introductory call, it will be between the mentor and mentee to connect based on their agreed-upon method and frequency.

    • What if I don’t get matched? 

      We will do our best to ensure that every mentee has an opportunity to participate; however, we may occasionally experience a limited pool of mentors/mentees. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work diligently to ensure you are paired with a mentor who can help you in your career journey.

    • If you are experiencing any concerns in your mentorship or have questions, please contact us immediately so we can support you. 

      If the match isn’t working and/or if you need support, be sure to contact us rather than waiting until after the mentorship period is over to voice your concerns. Email info@odt-alliance.org or call 786-866-8730.

  • Meet the Transplant Mentorship Program Workgroup Members

    The Alliance would like to thank the members of the Transplant Mentorship Program Workgroup who have contributed their time and expertise to develop this Alliance offering:

    Lead: Erin Wells, RN, BSN, CCTC, CPN, Clinical Care Manager, Abdominal Transplant Program, Northwestern Memorial Hospital (IL)

    Aimee Hagerty, MSN, Transplant Administrator & Director of Education, Transplant Program, UPMC Hamot (PA)

    Cecile Aguayo, RN, BSN, Manager, Abdominal Transplant Program, Solid Organ Transplant Programs, University of Utah Hospital and Clinics (UT)

    (A special thank you to Anne Murphy, MBA, FACHE, Administrative Director, Transplant Services, University of Michigan Medical Center (MI), who was part of the original workgroup to develop this program.)

Next round of applications are due October 1, 2017.

Are you new to transplant?

If you are new to transplant and are looking for an interactive, online learning program, visit The Alliance Transplant Onboarding Program or OnboardingU™ webpage and learn more about this new and innovative e-learning initiative!

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