Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am eligible to apply to be a mentee? 

See the criteria listed on the Mentee page.

Do I have to be a full-time career employee to apply to be a mentee?

We are inviting applications from interested benefits eligible employees that are full or part-time.

I'm not part of the School of Medicine, can I participate?  

No. The Mentorship Program is designed and available for the Stanford University School of Medicine staff only.

What are the criteria to be a mentor? 

See the criteria on the Mentor page.

How long does the program last?  

The official program runs from January – September with Mentor/Mentee meetings and Mentee Cohort lunches. In the fall, mentees attend mixers, and meet with prospective mentors and submit preferences for matches to prepare for a January kick-off.

How many mentor volunteers do you accept?  

Our goal is to interest as many mentors to increase the better likelihood of a successful match. Not all mentor volunteers are matched with a mentee each year. Volunteers that are not matched may be asked help with hosting cohort lunch events.

How many mentee applicants do you select? 

For 2019-2020, we strive to be able to accept 35 mentee applications.  Last year, we accepted 31 mentee applications out of 122 applications.

How much time can I expect to commit to the program as a mentee?  

Mentees can expect to commit approximately 3-6 hours per month. This time is divided between meetings with their mentor and participation in the monthly cohort lunches.

How much time can I expect to commit to the program as a mentor?

Mentors can expect to commit 1-2 hours per month, depending on what is agreed upon with their mentee.  There are some events prior to the launch of the program that require additional time (orientation, social and interview period). 

How does the matching happen between the mentee and mentor?  

Mentees are able to meet, interview, and provide preference for their mentor with whom they hope to be paired. It is the mentees responsibility to reach out to prospective mentors to arrange informational meetings.

Mentors are expected to meet with potential mentees during the fall and are asked to provide their match preferences for mentees.  The Staff Mentorship Committee reviews the resumes and match preference from mentors and mentees when making the final matches.

Can I re-apply for the program if I have applied in the past and not been selected? 

Yes, you are welcome to apply again.

What role does my supervisor play in my application? 

Due to the number of applications to the program, we ask that past participants wait three years before applying again.

Why is the Mentoring Program limited to certain salary grades for Mentors and/or Mentees? 

Our goal is to create a Mentoring Program crafted to match experienced School of Medicine staff leaders with those most likely to benefit from their knowledge and expertise while being as inclusive as possible.

What happens at Mentee Cohort lunches?

The mentee cohort lunches in 2020 are blend of networking with peers, presentations coordinated by the mentorship committee or self-organized by the cohort.

If you have a question that is not listed, please contact any committee member and we will get the answer for you!