Arts & Sciences Pre-Health Professions Mentoring Program
The College of Arts & Sciences has created a pilot e-mentoring program for first-generation sophomores and juniors in Pre-Health fields. This program matches students with K-State alumni and friends in the health professions to which they are aspiring. Students in the program are invited to peer-group events on campus with local health professionals. This program also coordinates with activities conducted by pre-health professions clubs.
Approximately fifty students will be recruited for the pilot program. Pre-Health Professions advisors will be asked for recommendations. If you are a first generation-to-college student with sophomore or junior status and are interested in applying to be included, please review the information below.
Mentoring Program Contact
Sherryl J. Allen
Health Professions Advisor
Pre-Health Professions Mentoring Program
College of Arts & Sciences
Kansas State University
107 Calvin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
The Pre-Health Professions Mentoring Program mission is to foster relationships between current working professionals and first generation college pre-health students for the purpose of sharing experiences and contributing firsthand knowledge of what their profession requires in preparation for the transition from student to professional. The students involved in the program will be invited to participate in peer-group events on campus with local health professionals as well as activities associated with the local pre-health honorary club, Alpha Epsilon Delta.
- Increase the knowledge of what the field requires in a professional setting
- Expand overall awareness of professional opportunity
- Establish meaningful relationships with working professionals while actively building a professional network of contacts
- Assist in the transition from student to professional
The mentor program assistant will match students and mentors. This professional mentorship will last for the duration of mentee’s career at K-State and consist of a minimum one hour per month.
- Express desire and willingness to be involved with the mentee. Spend time discussing the mentees short and long term goals not only with the program but also as they move in the professional field.
- Show respect for the mentee learning experience. Actively listen and guide the mentee in the appropriate direction. The process of learning is different for each person.
- Ask questions often to determine the mentee’s level of commitment and knowledge growth.
- Be forthright in expressing your expectations of the mentee. It is important for the mentee to have an awareness of conduct and professional behavior.
- Have flexibility and openness recognizing that building a professional relationship will take time and effort.
- Share your major strengths and talents.
- Consider how your experience and professional learning has developed you as a professional and discuss these with the mentee.
- Initiate first point of contact with chosen mentor. It is encouraged that the first meeting be in person, if possible.
- Get to know the mentor; discuss ideas and expectations.
- Create an agenda and commit to working with mentor for the time/frequency agreed upon in the mentoring plan.
- Ask for and be receptive to feedback and suggestions. Share with your mentor the best way to provide feedback.
- Carry out agreed upon goals and keep mentor informed of the progress.
- Maintain a professional code of conduct in all forms of communication.
- Understand that using the experience of your mentor will provide valuable insight that will assist you in the future.
Creating a cohesive mentoring relationship starts with good communication. Get to know each other. Create a baseline of goals and personal expectations that will assist in the overall success of your experience. It will be important to establish a schedule of meetings and how you will choose to communicate.
Communication can be conducted through a variety of avenues. Possible means of communication include but are not limited to:
- Face-to-Face meetings
- Telephone discussions
- Social Media
- Text Message
Having a professional mentor to discuss ideas and aspirations with is ideal in transitioning into the workplace. Students will gain objective feedback and experience activities that will shape them as individuals in their specific field of study. Below are suggested questions and activities for the mentor/mentee to consider:
- Share education background and career experience. How have these prepared the mentor for their career? How will this benefit the mentee?
- What mentoring experiences have been most helpful to the professional?
- What career experiences can be shared with the mentee regarding expectations of the field?
- Discuss the codes of conduct that exist in your field.
- Share the experience of moving from student to professional. What advice can be delivered to ease the transition?
- Discuss the most and least rewarding aspects of your career.
- Share realistic devotions of time, efforts, and energy the career requires.
- Discuss the most important aspects you strive to achieve with your job.
- Schedule shadow sessions as often as possible, if appropriate.
- Share the most significant learning experiences in your career.
- Are there different kinds of special learning or improvement opportunities that can be provided to the mentee?
The program assistant will request information throughout the course of the mentorship from both the mentor and mentee with the goal of continuous improvement of the program and increase satisfaction of the mentor/mentee objectives and relationship.
The Pre-Health Professions Mentoring Program will terminate when:
A.) The mentee graduates or is no longer enrolled in a Pre-Health program
B.) The mentee or mentor requests to terminate the mentorship
Upon termination of the mentorship the mentor and mentee will each be asked to fill out an evaluation detailing the experience. We will use this information to further improve the quality of the program. All constructive feedback is encouraged to continue in our mission for program success.
If you are interested in applying to the Pre-Health Professions Mentoring Program, you can download the application here (pdf).
Statement of Responsibility
STATEMENT ON RESPONSIBILITY OF PRE-HEALTH PROFESSIONS MENTORING PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS AND NOTICE OF DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT REPORTING PROCEDURES
Kansas State University College of Arts & Sciences
The purpose of the Pre-Health Professions Mentoring Program (“Program”) is to give Kansas State University (“University”) College of Arts & Sciences (“CAS”) students (“mentee”) the opportunity to learn from health professionals (“mentor”) (mentees and mentors collectively referred to as “participants”) through a professional relationship outside the educational environment at the University. The University’s limited role in the Program is to match first-generation sophomores and juniors in Pre-Health fields where they can communicate with alumni in the health professions to which they are aspiring. A mentor/mentee relationship is in effect from the time the match is made (by the program assistant or mentor selecting a mentee) until a mentor or mentee terminates their involvement or the student graduates or otherwise is no longer an enrolled student at the University.
The participants are solely responsible for the worth and value they derive from the Program. The University encourages participants to initiate communication about once per month. Notwithstanding the foregoing, participants are solely responsible for maintaining and carrying out any communication and other activities with their matched participant, as the participants deem appropriate in their discretion. Likewise, the participants are solely responsible for their own actions and inactions related to the Program, as well as the accuracy and truthfulness of their representations to the University and other participants. The University will not provide supervision of any participants, nor conduct any background checks; the University relies on communication and information from the participants and any checks or verifications are the sole responsibility of the participants.
The participants should communicate to the University CAS if there are any perceived or actual problems or issues related in any way to the Program as immediately as practicable. Participants also should notify the University CAS if their matched participant is non-responsive, or if a participant believes that he or she is no longer able to adequately participate in the Program. Any communication to the University is not a substitute for the participants’ responsibility to act in their own best interests and use their own independent judgments in making decisions, including but not limited to whether or not to continue with a particular matched participant and/or participating in the Program.
It is the policy of the University that participants of University-sponsored programs are free from discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), and retaliation. Discrimination based on race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military status, or veteran status is prohibited. Participants are responsible for reading and complying with the policy at www.k-state.edu/policies/ppm/3010.html. Participants involved in the Program who believe that they are victims or have been negatively impacted by such discrimination or harassment are encouraged to follow the procedures set forth in that policy.