The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) today announces a new program to support workforce development in clinical research through mentoring.
The Mentor Match program, available exclusively to ACRP Members, provides clinical research professionals with an online platform to establish mentoring relationships.
ACRP Members interested in becoming mentors or mentees should visit acrpnet.org/mentor to learn more and sign up.
“In the absence of standardized points of entry and career paths in the clinical research profession, there is a critical need to provide professionals with resources to assist career growth and development,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “As the leader in clinical research workforce development, we are excited to provide our members with a means to learn from their peers and colleagues through formalized mentoring.”
According to a paper published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior, there is “substantial evidence for mentor benefits associated with mentoring,” including higher job satisfaction, higher organizational commitment, higher perceived career success, and greater job performance (Career Benefits Associated with Mentoring for Mentors: A Meta-Analysis, Journal of Vocational Behavior).
Mentoring is also tied to higher salaries, more promotions, and greater career success, according to a paper published in the Journal of Career Development comparing traits of healthcare professionals with and without mentoring experience (Career Success Outcomes Association with Mentoring Others: A Comparison of Mentors and Nonmentors, Journal of Career Development).
ACRP’s Mentor Match program is also being introduced in response to member demand.
“We listen to the feedback of our members, many of whom consistently say they struggle meeting other professionals in clinical research and would like ways to build relationships with colleagues,” Kremidas adds. “By introducing Member Match, we hope our global community of more than 13,000 members can use this tool to learn and grow throughout the lifecycle of their careers.”
ACRP’s Member Match program is ideal for professionals new to clinical research who are seeking career guidance and support, as well as more-experienced professionals looking to continue their development or to give back to the clinical research community.
For full program details, visit acrpnet.org/mentor.