Bridge to the Future Science Mentoring Program

This program is:

  • An annual conference which brings together high school and college students to explore health care issues and prepare for health careers.
  • For students who have expressed an interest in a career in the health professions.
  • Beneficial in helping mentees gain insight into successful preparation for an application to professional schools.
  • Student run.
  • Aimed at meeting the long-term objective of increasing underrepresented student representation in health professions programs.
  • Set up so that it provides an opportunity for college and high school students to seek advice from mentors enrolled in professional health profession programs.
  • Geared so that the network is established which includes the middle school through professional school educational community.
  • Designed so that medical, dental, graduate, nursing and allied health students serve as mentors to college and high school students.
  • Sponsored by the local chapters of the Student National Medical Association, the Student National Dental Association and the Department of Health Career Opportunity Programs.

The Roles and Functions of a Mentor

To be:

  • An advisor.
  • A coach.
  • A counselor.
  • An experienced leader.
  • An advocate.
  • A patron.
  • A role model.
  • A guide.
  • A sponsor.
  • A support system.
  • An objective critic.
  • A confidante.
  • A source of inspiration to the mentee.
  • The individual who shows the mentee the ropes.
  • There for the mentee.
  • Helpful so that the mentee gets used to the particular professional culture.
  • The sounding board that the mentee needs to express ideas.
  • The support person to the mentee in setting appropriate goals and methods of assessing progress in relation to these goals.

Advantages of Participating in a Mentoring Program

A mentor can help a learner:

  • Find useful resources.
  • Set realistic targets.
  • Plan for personal development.
  • Become more self-confident.
  • Cope with challenges.
  • Learn from experience.

Contact

Granville Wrensford, Ph.D.
Department of Health Career Opportunity Programs
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3920
Email: gwrensford@uchc.edu

Kerry-Ann Stewart, Ph.D.
Department of Health Career Opportunity Programs
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington CT 06030-3920
Email: kestewart@uchc.edu

Jan Figueroa
Department of Health Career Opportunity Programs
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3920
Email: jfigueroa@uchc.edu

Bridge to the Future Mentoring Conference

image_bridge_conferenceThinking of a Career in the Health Field?

Come join us at our annual interactive conference for high school and college students.

When: April 21, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: UConn Health