SRI has had a long-standing commitment to training future generations of clinicians and researchers in women’s health. In 2015, the SRI Council recognized the need for additional activities surrounding diversity in the society and career development. The SRI Career Development & Diversity Committee was revitalized to realize that need and has been charged with developing educational and mentorship opportunities for SRI trainees and investigators. These include ongoing curriculum of activities to develop grant writing, presentation, networking and mentoring skills, training in basic or clinical design in specific research techniques, data analysis, data analysis and interpretation. Such sessions will improve skills in personal and business interactions and allow trainees and investigators to develop the appropriate skills to launch and maintain fruitful careers in reproductive sciences and women’s health.
How does SRI define the different career levels?
In Training: Full-time postdoctoral trainee, resident, or fellow, or a student enrolled in a formally approved training program leading to a degree (BA, BS, MD, PhD, MS, MPH, DVM).
Early Career Researcher: Someone within their first 5 years of a faculty or faculty equivalent position.
Mid-Career: Self Defined; someone beyond first 5 years of professional appointment as defined by their institution.
As part of the Society’s desire to involve and further support its In Training Members, this program matches a mid-or-senior-career member of SRI with an In Training Member. Through this program, Mentors will gain personal satisfaction, growth within the field and Society, and networking opportunities. Mentees will be able to obtain advice, feedback, and an expanded base of skills, knowledge, and networking opportunities. The Mentor-Mentee relationship is designed to foster maximum productivity and commitment to the field of women’s health. While we ask that the Mentor-Mentee relationship be maintained for three years, we strongly hope and encourage the relationship to continue indefinitely.
New in 2018: During the 2018 meeting in San Diego, SRI held a speed dating event in which each mentor will have the opportunity to network with as many mentees as the evening allows, in a speed dating-type format (~ 10-minute conversations). Mentees were required to bring abbreviated copies of their CV for review. Both mentees and mentors were asked at the end of the event to rank their top choices.
An SRI mentee is an early stage investigator who is transitioning from their last formal training (e.g. post-doctoral or clinical fellowship, or degree) to their first full-time faculty or equivalent position or is within five years of this point.
Interested in becoming involved? Contact the SRI Office, and download the Mentorship Guide to read about the program and requirements. Mentor's must be members of SRI for at least five years, and mentees are eligible once their dues are paid.
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