“A mentor is a more experienced individual willing to share knowledge with someone
less experienced in a relationship of mutual trust"
– David Clutterbuck –
Following a preliminary suggestion in 2017, the European Resident and Research Fellow Section of the EAN (RRFS) carried out a survey among members that encouraged the EAN to develop a mentorship programme. Aspiring and junior neurologists face many different challenges, particularly in the earlier stages of their clinical or scientific careers.
The EAN mentorship programme is dedicated to helping neurologists in Europe to successfully manage these challenges by facilitating the transition of knowledge and experience across generations of neurologists. This will contribute to the development of neurological excellence and eventually improve patient care.
The EAN mentorship programme enables early-career neurologists to connect with Europe’s best clinicians, educators, and scientists in the field and vice versa. It empowers neurologists in training or at the start of their clinical/academic careers, i.e., mentees, to determine or strengthen their focus and develop their full potential. Simultaneously, it allows mentors to reflect upon and strengthen their mentoring skills, as well as make a valuable contribution toward bringing neurology forward.
Application to the mentorship programme:
The completion deadlines are 15 March and 15 September.
Please check the eligibility criteria for mentors and mentees first. In case of any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
If you qualify, we will be happy to guide you through the application process for mentors or mentees. Application is possible throughout the entire year, but the matching of mentees and mentors only takes place twice a year.
How the mentorship programme works:
Participation in the one-year mentorship programme requires both a successful application and a successful match. Successful matching mostly depends on the ratio of available mentors to mentees.
Areas of mentoring include, but are not limited to: skills development, career advice, developing clinical and research interests, advice on designing a successful research project, publishing research, and establishing work-life balance.
The successfully matched mentor-mentee pairs are contacted at the end of April or October, depending on the period of application, and subsequently published in EANpages. Agreement between mentor and mentee on participation officially marks the beginning of the one-year programme duration.
To begin with, the mentor and mentee mutually define their roadmap for the coming year. In return, EAN requests assessment at three and twelve months and a final report from both mentor and mentee for publication.