CUSM LAUNCH with Mentor Collective

What is LAUNCH with Mentor Collective?

Leading the Advancement for Undergraduate Engagement for Careers in Health or LAUNCH with Mentor Collective enhances the student experience by linking them one-on-one with a peer mentor. Students are paired with someone invested in their success — a person ready to listen, inspire, help navigate challenges, and recognize opportunities. Students will learn what to expect in school, how to approach challenges and gain career advice. At the same time, mentors will build their networks and develop skills to become better professionals and leaders.

How it Works

LAUNCH with Mentor Collective was established to provide mentoring to local pre-med and pre-health students by matching them with a medical student mentor from CUSM. Students will be matched with a peer mentor based on common interests, background, academics, and professional aspirations. LAUNCH with Mentor Collective will specifically support students pursuing health sciences careers and medicine specifically. To get started, students and mentors register and complete an online survey to paint a holistic picture of their interests and experiences.

What do Mentors and Mentees Discuss?

  • How will my major impact my professional options?
  • How do I balance the demands of school, responsibilities, and socializing?
  • How can I set myself up for academic, social, and career success?
  • How do I make connections with peers and professional contacts?

Time Commitment

Mentors and mentees are encouraged to communicate at least 2-4 times per month, although pairs can communicate more or less frequently. Pairs can communicate in person, via text, Zoom, and /or phone. Please note that all participants are given anonymous phone numbers for communication

Program Length

The program will begin August 2021 with email invitations going out in July 2021 to CUSM medical students. Mentorship will begin after Mentor Collective has made a successful match as early as August or September 2021. Medical students will mentor during the academic year, ending in May 2022 but have the option to develop an ongoing mentorship with their mentee throughout the year or over multiple years.

Our Undergraduate & Community Partners

  • California State University - Long Beach
  • California State University - San Bernardino
  • OneFuture - Coachella Valley


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