Following are the typical steps involved with registering and working with your mentor.
Register:Whether you are a high school or college student, thinking of going to college or just trying to decide what career you should pursue, you can register as a mentee. (Students younger than 18 years of age will need to include a parent’s contact information.)
Attend a Career Event:MiOra organizes career events at schools and local colleges to introduce the students to professionals from various healthcare and science fields. Attend to one of those events to learn more about your career options.
Get Community Service Credit:You can attend MiOra webinars and receive 1-hr credit for completing the training and passing the test. Both you and your referrals get community service credit if they complete the training and pass the test.
Complete a Free Certificate Training Program:MiOra provides free, online HIPAA and clinical research certificate training. Please look for those programs under the Resources Tab. The training takes 3-4 hours and can be done at home over several days. The certificates are valid at any healthcare employer and good for 2-3 years. They will strengthen your resume and give you the basics of patient privacy and conflict of interest.
Sign Up for a No-Barrier Internship Program:MiOra offers free, IRB approved, public health focused internship platforms to those who are interested. You can conduct these internships in your own community and learn how to do research. Depending on your level of commitment, MiOra is here to support you to turn your project into an abstract, poster or paper.
Connect with a mentor:After registering with MiOra, you can search for a mentor in your area of interest and send them a connection request. (If you are under 18 years old, your parent will be notified when a mentor accepts your request.)
Communicate with the mentor:MiOra is a distance-mentoring program. You will communicate with your mentor via email, text, telephone, Skype or whatever method is most convenient for both of you.
The first interaction with your mentor:Tell your mentor about your interests, strengths and weaknesses. Be honest about your academic capabilities. Discuss your short- and long-term career goals.
Build your professional network:Your mentor will ask you to identify and draft an email to an expert in your field of interest who is working on types of projects similar to yours. Once the letter is finalized, you will send the email to the expert with your mentor copied, and you will follow up with your mentor about the outcome.