MentorNet

MentorNet

CSIH MentorNet connects Students and Young Professionals (SYPs) interested in global health with experts in the field for discussion and coaching over a period of eight months.

CSIH provides a curriculum of more than 40 diverse educational modules in global health, as well as a program liaison (MentorNet steering committee member) to support and facilitate the mentorship process. The program is very flexible, with mentors and SYPs free to adapt the program in a way that suits them best. On average, SYP-mentor pairs meet monthly through Skype or in person, using the educational modules provided by their program liaisons as a starting off point.

A successful mentorship experience is one that benefits both the mentor and the SYP through exploring issues in new ways and by giving/receiving career and life advice in the field of global health. 

How does it work?

  1. Interested Students and Young Professionals (SYPs) and potential mentors apply online to participate in the program. The application process opens in the fall of every year.
  2. SYP applications are evaluated and scored using pre-determined criteria.
  3. High-ranking SYPs and available mentors are paired according to their mutual interests within the field of global health.
  4. After the first meeting, the SYP-mentor pair identifies modules of interest to receive adapted training materials from their liaison.
  5. The pair maintains a conversation either in person, over the phone or Skype, or by email, as often as they have decided feasible.
  6. To help stimulate conversation and discussion of global health issues, monthly modules are sent from the program liaison, including news stories, academic articles, multi-media resources, and other learning materials.

The expected time commitment is 1-2 hours per month for a period of eight months, beginning at the start of the calendar year.

Benefits to SYPs

  • Create relationships with leading professionals in field of interest
  • Learn from seasoned professional’s experience in global health
  • Discuss career goals and seek guidance
  • Enhance understanding of current global health issues

Benefits to Mentors

  • Gain new insight into the global health field from a learners’ perspective
  • Discuss current global health challenges with eager young minds
  • Support and share one’s passions with the next cohort of global health leaders

I’m honoured to have had this opportunity to cultivate a professional and lasting relationship with a great mind and amazing leader within the field of global health. The experience built my awareness and knowledge of the various dimensions of global health equity determinants. As a passionate global health professional, I would recommend this opportunity to committed global health visionaries.

Yoshith Perera

SYP 2014-2015, Steering Committee 2015-2016