The FGTB Mentoring Program focuses on reaching out to Early Career healthcare professionals who are members of the FGTB Council. The FGTB Council is committed to advancing the careers of all early career scientists, and encourages applications from women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences.
The objectives of this program are:
- To provide functional mentoring at AHA Scientific Sessions
- To support and help early career healthcare professionals, educators and scientists develop their professional careers
- To promote the highest possible quality of science and enhance and facilitate translational research by enriching the scientific base of scientists, clinicians, and physicians.
- To provide networking opportunities and introduce early career researchers to leaders in the field of functional genomics and translational biology;
- To enhance the value of FGTB membership for early career investigators.
- Each mentee will be matched with a volunteer senior mentor with expertise in the field, as well as with a volunteer peer mentor with emerging expertise in the field.
- The term of mentorship of an individual mentee will initially comprise 4-6 months (time from match to soon after first face-to-face meeting), and may be extended as desired by both mentor and mentee.
- Mentor-mentee matches will be assessed by survey following the initial 4-6 month period, and re-matching may be requested at that point.
- Participants must be active members of the American Heart Association (AHA) Functional Genomics and Translational Biology (FGTB) Council at the Early Career level (Mentees and Peer Mentors) or at the Premium Professional or Premium Professional Plus level (Senior Mentors). To become a member of the AHA please visit AHA Professional Membership.
- The program requires the mentor and mentee to meet regularly via telephone, email or other electronic means to discuss issues and strategies for career development.
- Commit to 1 hour for face-to-face individual mentoring at the AHA Scientific Session or specialty meeting each year.
- Mentor and mentee should attend the annual FGTB reception and the Early Career Day activities on the Saturday prior to the start of AHA Scientific Sessions
- Mentee and mentor must complete a survey 4-6 months after the match to help FGTB determine the success of the match.