Mentorship Program

 Health Informatics & Health Information Technology Mentorship Program -Winter & Spring 2017

A thriving, impactful mentoring program is within your reach. The HIMSS Student Mentorship Program will run between January and May 2017. The purpose of this program is to foster dialogue about the continually changing professional landscape of Health Informatics, Health Information Technology and prepare students to enter the job market. 

Most mentorship pairs will contain one alumnus/working professional and one undergraduate or graduate student majoring in healthcare informatics and health information technology-related fields at local colleges and universities who will collaborate on a series of tasks and training.

Our vision is that a mentor-mentee relationship will advance real-world understanding, promote alumni engagement, and enhance student discourse about career field opportunities. In just a few hours per month, you will create lasting relationships that will enrich your academic and professional life, even after the program ends. Mentees will prepare resumes, practice interviews, learn about current technologies and industry trends. A mock job fair will also be conducted.

Mentors and mentees can be creative on how to complete program elements. They can meet face to face a couple of times during this period as well as through virtual meetings that we can help set up. The program is free for HIMSS student members and culminates in May with a dinner for all courtesy of the HIMSS NCA Chapter for mentees and mentors where we can celebrate the program successes and share learning lessons.                     

 The program is ideal for both students and HIMSS NCA members/mentors. It provides numerous benefits to both. For employers, mentoring increases retention, promotion rates, and employee satisfaction. At universities, student mentoring is proven to improve student retention, boost job placement rates, and increase alumni engagement when tapping alumni as mentors.

Mentee and Mentor Eligibility Requirements:

  • Junior, Senior or Graduate students in informatics or health information technology area who can commit to the program objectives and goals (Application process) and are willing to meet at least four times with their mentors at a mutually conducive time.
  • HIMSS NCA Chapter member (students or mentors [membership will be verified])
  • Able to attend group sessions and HIMSS NCA Chapter meetings (3rd Thursday each month from 4:30-8:00pm at the Key Bridge Marriott in Rosslyn) 
  • Able to meet at least four (4) times with your mentor or mentee at a mutually agreed upon time

Mentor Program Information Webinar Date: Thursday - January 12, 2017 6:30 - 7:30 PM EST

If you are interested in participating in the Mentorship Program: Please provide your name, email address, phone number and "why you are interested in the program?" to both Sophia Rarhai at Sophia.rarhai@essexmanagement.com and Ann Kenny at Akenny@telligen.com.  If you have questions you may also contact Dan Blum at danieleblum@aol.com or by phone at 703.597.6981.  We will follow-up with potential mentees and mentors with specific webinar participation information. This is your opportunity to get involved and give back to deserving students who are the future of health IT!