I am a premedical college student, and I won’t be applying to medical school for another few years. Should I sign up for a mentor now or wait until I’m closer to applying?
If you feel like you need a mentor to help you with undergraduate coursework selection, figuring out if medical school is right for you, etc., then you should apply! However, if you have a good college counselor/other support and currently don’t have any specific questions for a medical student, then we recommend waiting until your closer to applying! We really don’t want to match you with a medical student mentor, and you not have any questions for them. Since we have more mentees than mentors, it would be great to allow that mentor to help another student who may be in greater need of advice!
I filled out the form. Now what!?
We hold matches every 2-3 weeks! Depending on when you signed up, you should expect to receive an email with your mentor’s/mentor’s information in a few weeks. If you’re not eligible (i.e. international student) or didn’t fill out the form in its entirety, you will not be matched.
How long is the commitment?
Since we hope that the mentorship between the mentee and mentor is organic, we don’t have a specific time frame on the commitment! If you get along well with your mentor/mentee, you can keep in touch indefinitely! Most mentors will offer to be available for mentees whenever they need help. However, we hope that you won’t feel obligated to maintain contact with your mentee/mentor if for some reason it just didn’t work out!
What’s the best way to get in touch with my mentee/mentor?
After you are matched, you can work together can figure out which method of communication works best for you both. Most people like to start off with a zoom call, or phone call. For subsequent communication, text messages are common. Emails are also a popular way to connect!
As a mentee, can I sign up for more than one mentor?
Ideally, we hope that you will only sign up for one mentor. However, if you aren’t able to get in contact with your mentor or are having other issues connecting with them, let us know. We will be happy to connect with another mentor!
How much does it cost to join?
This program is completely free!
Is this program available for international students?
Sorry, at this time, we are only pairing mentors or mentees who are attending school in the United States!
Where can I find the latest updates on applications?
The best place is on Instagram @med.mentors and twitter @med_mentors!
As a mentor, can I get credit or put this experience down on my resume/CV?
Of course! We’re happy to provide any info you’ll need to confirm your commitment! In the past, we have helped DO medical students fill out TORCH volunteer hours and are happy to continue to do this or fill out similar forms.
You can put Lily Trinh as the contact person, with the email: email@example.com.
If you have any questions, please contact us!