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Sunday, November 09, 2014

MentorNet Canadian Society for International Health


am currently the program liaison of a national program of the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) called MentorNet. The program connects students and young professionals (SYPs) interested in global health with experienced professionals in the field. Although originally a Canadian-based program, this year the program has expanded to accommodate international applicants as well.

We are hoping to recruit experienced professionals in the global health field who can serve as mentors.  The Mentor application can be found at:

I am also hoping that you might be willing to spread the word to your current and alumni student networks in case there are any Students and Young Professionals (SYPs) who might be interested in global health mentorship.  The SYP application can be found at:

Both the SYP and Mentor applications are due November 16th, 2014, 11:59 EDT.  For more information about the program, please see below or 

If you have any questions or ideas of how you or your colleagues could be involved, please do not hesitate to get in touch!    


Amanda Frain
Program Liaison, MentorNet
Program of the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) 
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How MentorNet Works:
Mentors are partnered with a SYP interested in their area of work. Pairs maintain monthly correspondence either in person, over the phone, by email or Skype. Reading materials (i.e., news story, academic article, online module) are provided monthly as a conversation-starter, should there be a need for a common subject to get started on. The expected time commitment is 1-5 hours per month for a period of a year.

Benefits to the students and young professionals:
     Opportunity to create relationships with leading professionals in area of interest
     Chance to discuss career aspirations
     Opportunity to enhance understanding of current global health issues 
Benefits to mentors:
     Opportunity to share your passion with the next generation of globally-minded citizens
     Opportunity to get a fresh take on current global health challenges from eager young minds
     Chance to support and shape the next cohort of global health leaders
     As one former mentor indicated, “This program is unlike other mentorship programs [because] it serves as a two-way learning process.  I am participating equally and benefiting as much as the SYPs”.

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