The purpose of mentoring is to establish a formal relationship between two people, a mentor and a mentee, with learning and development at its core and the fulfillment of clear and mutually defined goals as its intention. Mentoring is essential to provide good moral and ethical stewardship of the resources we have and ensure their sustainability in to the future.
- Spend up to five hours per month over a three to six month period of time.
- Turn in all required documentation to track progress to NCHIMA.
- The mentor will need to provide a method to conduct webinars, VOIP (voice over internet protocol) calls, or conference calls.
- Ensure you have the availability, mode of transportation, and any financial means necessary to support the process for any face-to-face meetings if that is the chosen method of contact. NCHIMA will not reimburse expenses or provide methods for contact.
- Have the ability to respond to the chosen method for communication within 48-72 hours.
- Access to a computer or device with an internet connection capable of computing functions, a phone that has long distance privileges, a headset for any VOIP (voice over internet protocol) calls, and a microphone.
- Mentors should have at least five years of work experience to mentor a student or new professional.
- Mentees have to be enrolled in a CAHIIM accredited program, hold a credential through AHIMA, be a member of AHIMA and declare NCHIMA as their component state organization, and/or have recently graduated (within two years or less) from a CAHIIM accredited program.
It is recommended that a free platform like Skype is used for remote meetings.
- The applications are filled out and reviewed online.
- The Membership Committee reviews the information and matches the mentor/mentee based on similar work environment, mentoring goals, or requested expertise.
- The Membership Committee representative sends out an email copying both parties to introduce them. The mentee application is attached.
- The mentor schedules the first meeting with the mentee and builds discussion around the mentee application. Subsequent meetings are planned during the first meeting.
- The NCHIMA Membership Committee will contact both parties six months later to solicit feedback concerning the relationship if no contact has been received by then and to request that any required forms be submitted to document the meetings/content
The intention of the program it to help lift up the students and new professionals in the field so that we can help them get a stable start in the profession.