|The LPA Mentoring Program|
The LPA Mentoring Program is designed to connect young practitioners with experienced, leading practitioners. The program allows mentees to begin networking and developing careers and leadership roles through the relationship built with knowledgeable mentors. The program will help young pharmacists transition to the profession and better their potential for growth and success in the future. Mentors will also have the opportunity to share their experiences as members and leaders of LPA and other local and national organizations.
Mentees are matched to mentors based on their location, practice setting(s) of interest, and personal goals. Communications may be made through in-person meetings, phone calls, or email exchanges. Once the mentor-mentee relationship is established, LPA recommends the mentor contacting their mentee upon initial meeting and as often as needed in the future. Key discussion topics may include: Mentee Career goals, networking opportunities, professional development, financial planning, balancing work-life issues, or entrepreneurial advice. The LPA Mentoring Program is flexible to meet the needs and ambitions of both mentees and mentors. The mentoring relationship may last for a period of 5 years.
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Mentors must be a member of LPA in good standing, currently licensed by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician, and regularly attend meetings and events hosted by LPA. Mentors should be a positive ethical role model and demonstrate leadership in pharmacy and the community.
Responsibilities of mentors include contacting mentees on a regular basis, inviting and accompanying mentees to association and pharmacy events and meetings, and provide guidance.
Mentees must be currently enrolled in either University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy or Xavier University College of Pharmacy, or have graduated from any College/School of Pharmacy within the last five years, or a Pharmacy Technician with less than 5 years of experience and licensed by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. Mentees must be a member LPA in good standing.
Responsibilities of mentees include remaining in contact with mentors on a regular basis and honor and attend extended invitations. Mentees are encouraged to attend association events and meetings with mentors. To maximize the benefits of this program, mentees should be ready to communicate their goals to mentors and be willing to ask questions about the profession, practice settings, and other areas of interest.