Update from the NERA Mentoring Program

Jerusha Henderek, National Board of Medical Examiners
Juliette Lyons-Thomas, Regents Research Fund

The NERA Mentoring Program would like to thank Jonathan Rubright for his dedicated service as co-chair over the last year. We welcome Jerusha Henderek from the National Board of Medical Examiners as our newest co-chair!

The Mentoring Program strives to facilitate meaningful connections for NERA participants through two key approaches: 1) conference-based connections, and 2) an online message board through the NERA website.

The conference-based Mentoring Program has existed since 2012 and serves as a focused, hand-selected match-making process. Each year, the Mentoring Program co-chairs collect information from members who volunteer to be a mentor or want to be mentored. Mentor-Mentee pairs are matched based on research interests, career goals, or areas of desired growth. Pairs are encouraged to communicate before and meet during the annual NERA conference. Participants in this process benefit from receiving a structured and informed match, having dedicated time during the conference to meet, and being able to make new connections outside of their existing social networks.

The other approach that is offered is the mentoring message board. This service is available 24 hours a day and can be accessed via the Mentoring Board link listed in the Mentoring dropdown tab on the NERA website. From there, members can sign up to be a mentor, or potential mentees can view the contact information for mentor volunteers. Using this approach, members can sign-up or reach out at any point throughout the year, and have the freedom to form their own mentor-mentee relationships. This may be especially useful to members who cannot attend the NERA annual conference, or would like to set up time to meet at another professional meeting.

The co-chairs will be sending along information this summer about how to participate in the conference-based Mentoring Program. Please feel free to reach out to Jerusha ( and Juliette ( should you have any questions or suggestions for improving the Mentoring Program. We are looking forward to working with the NERA membership over the coming year!

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