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.