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UCSD future health professionals need you! I would like to invite you to become involved in the University of California, San Diego's Health Professions Mentor Program (HPMP) for the upcoming year.

The purpose of this program is to provide UCSD students with the opportunity to establish a relationship with a health professional in the community. Through regular interactions, mentors can draw on their experiences to inform and advise students.

Priority is given to juniors and seniors with a 3.0 GPA or above. We have been very successful in matching future health professionals with mentors since the 1996/1997 school year. I hope you will want to mentor one of these terrific UCSD students, as it can be a very rewarding experience for all concerned.

  • Should you choose to become a mentor, you will have a choice of the number of students you would like to mentor.
  • You will be notified when a student chooses you. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate contact.
  • Each student is guaranteed one meeting with their chosen mentor.
  • At the end of each visit you will decide together whether further visits would be helpful, and will schedule your next meeting, if so.
  • Matching will occur year round, as long as there are mentorship openings. The mentorship may consist of only one visit or may continue through the school year or beyond. Any mutually agreed upon number of visits is allowed. Visits occur at a frequency, date and time agreed upon by both parties.
  • During these meetings your student might interview you about your education and experience and may want to discuss application strategies. You may ask them to research a topic and report back their findings to you for discussion. You may introduce them to your colleagues, who may also offer activities and advice for your mentee. Any activity you both deem worthwhile is acceptable.
  • Your student may shadow you in your work environment if your place of work allows this, and at your own discretion. The Health Professions Mentor Program is no longer allowed to make these arrangements on your behalf.
  • You are welcome to form your relationship in whatever way works best for you and your mentee.

If you are willing to participate in the Mentor Program this year, please fill out the Application Form.

I hope that you will agree to take an active part in this important program. If you have any questions, please contact me at 858-534-7579 or I look forward to hearing from you!

Adele Savage, M.A.
Health & Medical Professions Preparation Program
University of California, San Diego