Science Mentoring & Diversity Program

AdvaMed 2014: The MedTech Conference and other sponsors will host a training session for the 2014-2015 Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Medical Technology (SMDP MedTech), October 4-8, 2014 in Chicago, IL.

The year-long mentoring program benefits graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in science, including Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans and Native Americans. Applicants must be interested in careers in the medical technology industry.

Scholars are paired with industry mentors who work at medical device and diagnostic companies. The 2014-2015 SMDP MedTech Scholars will be introduced to their mentors during a five-day career training experience in Chicago, IL. During the training, Scholars learn about career opportunities in industry and receive career development coaching. They also attend AdvaMed 2014: The MedTech Conference.

As part of the program, SMDP MedTech Scholars and their mentors create personalized mentoring plans, which they implement over the course of the year following the training session. The mentor-mentee teams communicate and carry out their mentoring plans by phone, email and virtually, aided by ICPD (International Center for Professional Development) staff and the SMDP Mentoring Portal, an Internet-based tool that supports mentor-mentee collaboration and communication. For more information about SMDP MedTech visit www.smdpmedtech.org.