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Health Careers Opportunity Program

Health Professional Mentor Program (HPMP)

This program was developed on the premise that pre-med students will be more successful with early exposure, a professional role model, and support. 

Health professional mentors are paired with first year undergraduate pre-med students for a four-year duration.  Throughout this relationship, the mentor provides support and helps the student determine his or her direction.  The student will have a chance to learn about the mentor’s experience, discover options in healthcare professions, as well as explore his/her own thoughts and feelings about medicine. 

This program is meant to foster a mentoring relationship between a health professional and a potential future health professional.  Job shadowing is also a beneficial experience for a mentee and is strongly encouraged, but it should not be the primary focus of the mentor experience.  Mentor/mentee relationship building can happen through phone conversations, coffee or lunch meetings, meetings at the university, attending a lecture together, etc.