What is the AHDI eMentoring Program?
The AHDI eMentoring Program is an electronic interactive relationship in which an AHDI Individual Professional member (or “Mentor”) shares skills and knowledge with an AHDI Student or Postgraduate member (or “Mentee”) using the Internet for interaction rather than traditional networking connections. AHDI assists in establishment of the mentoring partnership. Once established, the program is carried out via e-mail correspondence. An AHDI mentoring partnership has an initial expected dedication of 60 days after which the participants are given the option to either terminate or continue their relationship.
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How is the eMentoring Program Structured?
The AHDI eMentoring Program has an initial expected dedication of 60 days. Although applications are taken at any time, eMentorship pairings are issued to participants on the first day of each month depending on demand. During that 60-day period you will receive periodic emails from AHDI offering topics of conversation such as networking opportunities, resume building, testing procedures, and credentialing as well as providing the opportunity for you to voice questions or concerns to AHDI staff. Mentors and Mentees are free to communicate as often as desired, although AHDI does recommend at least once per week for the benefit of both participants.
Why Would a Practitioner Want to Become an eMentor?
Serving as a Mentor can be a rewarding experience for an MT Practitioner. It is an opportunity to develop and expand leadership capabilities by investing in the future of an MT Student or Postgraduate. You can enhance your coaching and communication skills while sharing both life and work lessons with the Student or Postgraduate--guiding, encouraging, and inspiring them to achieve worthwhile goals. There is great satisfaction to be found in helping another to succeed, and this is a real opportunity to enhance your contribution to the profession. Participating as a Mentor can also help you meet many professional goals of excellence. Not only are eMentorship pairings used as "points" on AHDI Fellow applications but each pairing earns a CMT Mentor 1 continuing education credit in the Professional Development category.
Expectations of the Mentor
- E-mail the Student or Postgraduate partner as time permits, although AHDI recommends at least once per week for maximum benefit to both parties
- Set limits on the partnership so Mentor controls the time spent on mentoring.
- Provide guidance and share wisdom and knowledge.
- Help familiarize the Student or Postgraduate with available resources.
- Share a realistic view of the profession and the workplace.
- Give constructive and honest feedback.
- Promote the value of continued AHDI membership.
The Mentor is NOT expected to:
- Help the Mentee find a job.
- Help the Mentee with schoolwork or homework.
- Help the Mentee with personal problems.
Why Would the Student Want to Become an eMentorship Partner?
The advantages of the eMentorship Partnership are more obvious to Students and Postgraduates. Mentees will have the opportunity to gain a realistic perspective on the medical transcription profession, with a better understanding of the demands it presents as a career choice. The experience and guidance offered by the eMentor can help the Student or Postgraduate learn more effectively and help the Student or Postgraduate gain self-confidence for entry into the job market.
Expectations of the Mentee
- Avoid making unrealistic demands of the eMentor by staying within parameters set by him or her with regard to time and assistance offered.
How do we Establish an eMentoring Partnership?
Getting started is easy. Any member of AHDI in the Individual Professional, Student, and Postgraduate categories may indicate a desire for participation in an eMentorship partnering by completing the appropriate online form. AHDI will use this application to make an eMentorship partnering and e-mails will be sent to both Mentor and Mentee to introduce them to each other and offer suggestions for building the eMentorship relationship. The application can be downloaded by logging in to the website and selecting to download the application from the Members Only box.
eMentorship and CECs for CMTs
eMentorship pairings will earn CMT continuing education credits toward recertification! A CMT will earn 1 Professional Development CEC for each Mentee they are paired with.
- At the time that each pairing letter is emailed an “eMentorship Proof of CEC” form will be included as an attached document to the pairing letter.
- The “eMentorship Proof of CEC” form must be completed by the Mentee.
- It is the responsibility of the eMentor to collect this completed form from the Mentee to keep as proof of CEC to furnish during recertification.
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For any questions or concerns regarding the AHDI eMentoring Program, please contact Danielle Shelton, Member Relations Coordinator, by phone at 813-321-3914 or by email at email@example.com.
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