A Mentorship Program will be introduced at MICCAI 2018. It connects early-career researchers in medical image computing and computer assisted interventions with experienced peers, experts in their field of work, who will share their experience in academia, industry or entrepreneurship to help developing the next generation of MICCAI leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators.
Mentorship and networking nurtures a supportive scientific community and give mentors and mentees the opportunity for leadership and career development. Connections between early-career researchers and experienced mentors in the field will benefit those searching professional advice outside of their institution where that expertise may not be available and will also diversify the information and support received.
A special focus of the program will be on supporting underrepresented collectives in MICCAI, and to support them in advancing their scientific career, recognize and address career challenges. We aim to create a network of mentors committed to welcome and support women and minorities in all stages of their careers. Advice on how to address career challenges, how to seek a job in academia or industry, how to write your first grant or fellowship application, how to raise funds for research and development, how to set up a successful start-up company, or how to regulate and commercialize a technological prototype are just some examples of the topics that could be discussed by the mentor and mentee as part of the Mentorship Program.
The Mentorship Program will provide support to identify and match mentors and mentees within the MICCAI Society. Requirement for participation in the initiative include:
- the participants will register for the Mentorship Program through the MICCAI 2018 online form (details to follow). The Mentorship Program committee will match mentors to mentees based on mentees' preferences and mentors' expertise.
- the mentor-mentee team will coordinate via teleconference prior to MICCAI 2018 to set the goals they wish to achieve through the Mentorship program and the duration of their relationship.
- the mentor-mentee will meet in person in Granada and will allocate at least one hour for a meeting.
- the pair will follow up by meeting in person or by teleconference at least once after the conference.
There is no maximum cap for the number of meetings and the program encourages regular communication between the mentors and mentees. Feedback will be collected from participants to improve the Mentorship Program for the future editions.