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.
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.
This program represents a bridge between senior and junior SRI members and/or researchers. The Mentor-Mentee relationship is designed to foster maximum productivity and commitment to the field of reproductive sciences through encouraging strong collegial relationships, training, support and recognition of accomplishments.
During the 2018 meeting in San Diego and the 2019 meeting in Paris, SRI held a speed dating event in which each mentor had the opportunity to network with Mentees 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. We will be continuing this event in 2020 in Vancouver!
Mentees obtain advice, feedback, and an expanded base of skills, knowledge, and networking opportunities.
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. Mentees must also be In Training Members of SRI.
Mentors gain personal satisfaction, growth within the field and Society, and networking opportunities. SRI welcomes any current, Regular SRI member that has been a member for a minimum of 3 years, to volunteer to become a Mentor.
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