Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Scientist Professional Advisory Committee

Mentoring Subcommittee

Chair: LCDR Jonetta Mpofu

Co-Chair: LCDR Patrick High

Co-Chair: LCDR Michelle Hughes*

 * indicates non-voting member

Standard Operating Procedure [PDF]


The purpose of the Mentoring Subcommittee is to match officers into mentor-mentee pairs to provide individual mentoring and to provide resources to support quality mentoring among Scientist officers.


The activities of the team are divided across three teams:

  • Capacity Building: improve the capacity of Scientists to provide high-quality mentorship through the development of resources and trainings
  • Mentor Matching: pair Scientist mentors and mentees into individual mentoring relationships
  • Recruitment: recruit and retain Scientists to serve as mentors and mentees through individual outreach and the Peer Support Network
How to Become a Mentor or Mentee
  • Eligibility:
    • Mentees: all officers are eligible and encouraged to become a mentee
    • Mentors: O4 officers and above are eligible to become mentors
  • Application:
    • To become a mentor or mentee, fill out the Mentoring Program Application and submit it to the Mentoring Matching Team (contact information is on the application form).
  • Matching process:
    • Once your application to become a mentor, mentee, or both is received, the team will work to match you based on information provided. Some matches may take longer depending on the availability of mentors or mentees.
    • After a match is made and the mentor-mentee pair have met, the mentee completes and returns the Mentor-Mentee Agreement document to formalize the relationship. The agreement helps to define the goals of the new mentoring relationship.
  • Renewals:
    • Mentees are contacted annually by the Mentor Matching Team to confirm if they would like to continue or discontinue the mentoring relationship.
  • Peer Support Network: The purpose of the peer support network (PSN) is to support and guide recently called to active duty (CAD) officers by easing the transition during assimilation into the Corps and guide officers through the onboarding process.
    • Eligibility:
      • Mentees must be <1 year since CAD
      • Mentors must be O3 officers and have ≥2 years since CAD
    • Duration: PSN relationships last between 1-2 years depending on the needs of the mentee. Mentees are then expected to transition to a mentoring relationship with a more senior officer (≥O4) through the regular mentor matching process outlined above.
    • For more information on the differences between the regular mentoring program and the PSN please review this summary.
Mentoring Resources
  • Mentoring Guidebook provides officers the necessary tools to establish and maintain a successful mentoring relationship.
  • The 5-Year Career Plan provides a list of topics for mentor-mentee discussions in planning an officer’s career

Additional mentoring resources available on (Note: You must have a account. The links will take you directly to the presentation after logging in.)   

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