Mentor and Advisor Program
The Mentor and Advisor Program is an AGA member benefit designed to offer career advice and networking opportunities to gastroenterologists at any career stage — particularly GI fellows who are beginning to explore their career options. This program is intended to supplement traditional institutional mentoring, which is critical to effective training.
The Mentor and Advisor Program is a free online advice service consists of more than 20 senior AGA members who have offered to provide informal mentoring to younger colleagues or those who may be contemplating a career change. Through this forum, AGA members may confidentially submit questions to a specific mentor, who may be an expert in a desired subject matter or even a director of a GI training program.
- Guaranteed answers to your career questions. Your message will be routed through AGA staff, who monitor the program to ensure that mentors respond to all messages.
- Confidentiality. You can choose whether or not to disclose your email address and personal information to your mentor. Feel free to ask your mentor about issues that you are not comfortable discussing with your training program director or supervisor.
- Choose your own mentor. Your training program may have assigned you a mentor, but the Mentor and Advisor Program lets you choose a mentor based on your personal interests and concerns.
- Flexibility. You can contact a mentor once, or you can choose to pursue a more long-term mentor-mentee relationship.
- Access. You can get direct access to the leaders in the field of GI and hepatology, who will answer any and all questions — but only through this forum.
How to Use
To find a mentor, click on one of the links under Browse the Advisors below to search by name or category of expertise. When you find a mentor with whom you would like to connect, select his or her name. Once the mentor’s profile page opens, click on the “Contact Me” button towards the bottom of the page, and begin composing your email.
Emails will be routed through AGA staff, who will ensure that your message reaches the intended recipient, and that you receive a reply.
Mentors are available to discuss matters including, but not limited, to:
- Career support and encouragement.
- Enhanced professional visibility.
- Expanded professional contacts and networking.
- Contract negotiations.
- Career counseling (e.g., choosing private practice, academics, or research positions).
- Grant writing.
- NIH process.
- Maintaining work/life balance.
- Issues unique to women and minorities.
Become a Mentor
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Mentor and Advisor Program Reception
The 2014 reception, Mentor and Advisor Program: Reception for Trainees/Young GIs: An Evening with AGA Mentors, will be held Saturday, May 3, 5:45–7:15 p.m. at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2014.
Here you can meet your peers, and more established colleagues, who serve as mentors through the Mentor and Advisor Program, while enjoying refreshments. This reception is free, but you must register for DDW to attend.
Learn more about the AGA Trainee and Young GI Track at DDW.
Access presentations and articles on a variety of career development topics, such as getting published, grant writing, research funding, funding your academic career, managing work-life balance, as well as resources outside the AGA.