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Women in Transplantation Providing support through Mentoring, Networking and Outreach Programmes

About the Mentoring Scheme

With the mentoring program WIT aims to provide a more sustained level of support. This unique program provides one to one mentoring by members of WIT and TTS to women professionals working in the field of transplantation, including;

  • Clinicians
  • Scientists
  • Surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Allied Health Practitioners
  • Transplant Coordinators
  • Ethicists

The WIT mentoring program provides mentees with a regional and international mentor to ensure that mentees discuss issues and receive guidance on both a local and international level that is independent from their place of work.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a process that links experienced transplant professionals (mentors) with those less experienced (mentees) in a relationship that is beneficial. It is about the development of a relationship that is based upon mutual respect, trust and confidentiality. Mentors not only provide support, but are also able to encourage and challenge mentees to help them develop and allow them to make informed choices that are appropriate to their own career needs.

What is a mentor?

Mentors are positive role models who provide support, assistance, advocacy or guidance in a non-judgemental way. They are:

  • Approachable
  • Good listeners
  • Willing to give time
  • Enthusiastic to help with the development of women transplant professionals
  • Motivating
  • Experienced at asking effective questions

Mentors should try to act as a positive influence by encouraging the growth and development of their mentee. They should be open and honest and maintain a professional approach and confidentiality at all times.

Choosing a mentor in the WIT program

Members of WIT who sign up to join this program will select their own mentors from the lists available on the WIT website. Applicants will select one mentor from the available list willing to take on this role in their own country or region and a second from mentors based outside the applicant’s own region. When choosing mentors, mentees are asked to think carefully about their professional development and support needs, and the qualities, experience and availability of their potential mentor. The mentor-mentee relationships are established with the agreement of both parties in each case.

How do I join the mentoring scheme as a mentee?

If you would like to be mentored, you must first sign up to be a member of WIT. Once you confirm your email address you may apply using our online application form. To read the short biographies of the mentors on the WIT website. Please click here to go to the mentor’s page for information about the mentors and their experience.

Then, from the list of available mentors choose one mentor from your own country or region (local mentor) and one mentor from outside of your country / region (international mentor). Access the online form to guide you through the mentor selection process. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email from us with further details about what to do next.

You will be contacted at the email address you have given approximately four to five weeks after that date to confirm if your mentors have accepted the request.
Please note that the mentor based on their availability at the time of the request may refuse your request.

First meeting – Once you have received an email informing you that you have been accepted by one or both of your selected mentors, it is your responsibility (the mentee) to make the initial contact with the mentor(s). For the first meeting you are encouraged to:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Discuss your career path to date and objectives for the future
  • Define the areas in which you would like the mentors to provide support
  • Agree to a follow up meeting

Mentoring is usually a time limited arrangement and you should, therefore, agree to the length of the formal mentoring relationship or agree a date at which the relationship will be reviewed with a view to ending or continuing the mentoring. Good communication is the key to developing a productive relationship.

How do I join the mentoring scheme as a mentor?

If you would like to offer your services as a mentor, please sign-up to be a WIT member and once your email has been verified you may access the online mentor application form.