Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Dietitian Professional Advisory Committee




The USPHS Dietitian Mentoring and Membership Sub-committee will cultivate the most prepared and able officers for a successful and rewarding career.


  • To provide new dietitian officers and any other officer wishing guidance on career and professional development issues with guidance from senior officers.
  • To organize and manage applications to the Dietitian PAC for voting membership and other elected positions.



Goals of the Mentoring Program

  • Provide Mentee with timely, factual, and relevant information to encourage and support their professional growth as a Registered Dietitian in the PHS
  • Instill in officers the importance of the PHS mission, officer responsibilities, and traditions of the Commissioned Corps
  • Provide sound advice and counsel to officers throughout their careers, balancing category-specific and Operating Division-specific needs and priorities
  • Promote career progression throughout the various employing PHS Operating Divisions

Role of the Mentor

A Mentor is an experienced and trusted individual who serves in a number of capacities: teacher, guide, counselor, motivator, sponsor, coach, advisor, referral agent, role model, and door opener. The Mentor must be flexible to serve in the various capacities the Mentee has need of.

What does it mean to be a Mentor?

M = motivate, support and cheer a new officer
E = encourage, assist and help the officer move forward
N = nurture, listen and provide constructive feedback
T = teach, let the Mentee learn from your experiences
O = officership, help them to learn what it means to be a Commission Corps officer
R = role model

Role of the Mentee

A Mentee is a committed and motivated individual who is willing to work and take responsibility for their career development and professional growth. A Mentee must be honest, open, and receptive to the guidance their Mentor has to offer.

“Mentoring Program is great because my mentor is there whenever I need her and reply/gets back with me quickly if I e-mail her with a question. E-mail system is the best method of communication because I can write down all my questions and concerns when needing guidance. Unless it’s urgent, then I will give her a call. Otherwise it’s great because we have been e-mailing regularly and also sending pictures of the family to stay in closer relationship. It’s great for junior officers to learn and senior officers to share their knowledge” Quote from LT Kim

What does it mean to be Mentee

M = monitor and learn what it means to be an officer
E = evaluate your career and where you want it to go
N = nutrition opportunities will arise
T = tenacious, go after what you want
E = educate yourself and the people you work for
E = expand your horizons!

Ten Commandments for a Successful Mentoring Relationship 

    1. Be Proactive - don't wait for your mentor or mentee to contact you
    2. Negotiate a commitment - agree to have regular contact at pre-defined intervals
    3. Establish rapport - learn as much as you can about one another
    4. Be confident - each of you has something important to offer the other
    5. Be enthusiastic - demonstrate your interest in the mentoring relationship
    6. Communicate - share your knowledge and experience openly
    7. Be a good listener - hear what your mentor or mentee is saying to you
    8. Be responsive - act upon what you have learned
    9. Be accessible - have an open-door or open-phone policy
    10. Take responsibility - it takes two to have a successful mentoring relationship  


Mentor Evaluation Form –
Mentee Evaluation Form –
Junior Officer Advisory Group
United States Public Health Service

Mentoring Subcommittee Chair

CDR Sandra Magera


CAPT Kari Blasius, CAPT Kathleen Edelman, CAPT Blakeley Fitzpatrick, CAPT Jean Makie, CAPT Samantha Maloney, CAPT Kristen Moe, CAPT Suzanne Wolcoff, CDR Joseph Frost, CDR Susan Hoelscher, CDR Mitchell Holliday, CDR Frank Koch, CDR Jennifer Myles, CDR Gwenivere Rose, LCDR Katrina Piercy, LT Jessica Newman

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