Alumni Mentorship Program

Penn Medicine alumni can be a valuable resource to current students, Penn housestaff, and one another. The Alumni Mentorship Program was created to provide these groups with the opportunity to connect with someone who can relate to your experiences and provide advice and guidance at various stages throughout your career.

Mentor Database

Mentors are entered into a database that students, housestaff, and other alumni can access at any time by logging in with a PennKey. This allows you the opportunity to connect with different mentors at crucial times in your career, whether you are exploring options for specialties; interviewing for residencies or fellowships; thinking of making a career change; or need advice on balancing personal and career commitments. Mentees can search for mentors based on their specialties, locations, employers, interests, or other criteria.

Alumni mentors have the flexibility to opt into or out of the Alumni Mentorship Program at any time, so you can coordinate your involvement in the program with work and personal commitments. Since there are no time constraints on the program, alumni participants may be contacted by a prospective mentee at any time after joining the program.

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Become a Mentor

To sign up to be an alumni mentor and be included in the Mentorship database, please fill out this form.

As an alum, you can enroll as a mentor and are still welcome to utilize the database yourself to search for a mentor!

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Search for a Mentor

To access the Alumni Mentorship Database:
  • Log into QuakerNet with your PennKey and password at
  • From the left navigation menu, click on “Alumni Search”
  • Under the “Advanced Search Filters” heading, click “Penn Affiliation”
  • In the “Alumni Activity” field, type in and select “MED Mentor” and then click “Search” (see image below)
    • You can also apply other filters such as graduation year, location, employment, etc. Use the tabs at the top to see all available filters.
  • The search results will display the current available list of alumni mentors. Click on anyone’s name to view their profile, including contact information, education and employment info.
    • You can save your search so that you can easily return to it later. Simply click the “Save Search” button on the right side of the displayed results.
  • Send an introductory email to your desired alumni mentor with relevant information about yourself, your interests and your goals.

This is an outstanding opportunity for you to connect with Penn Medicine alumni in order to learn from them and share your own experiences at the School and Penn Med. We hope that you will take advantage of this resource, but please be sure to adhere to the guidelines below:

  • Only alumni who have the “MED Mentor” tag in their QuakerNet listing may be contacted by those seeking an alumni mentor.
  • This database is to be used only in the context of the Alumni Mentorship Program. If you or your group/organization would like to contact alumni to attend or participate in events or other programs, those requests must be directed to the Office of Alumni Development and Alumni Relations.

Failure to adhere to these guidelines will limit your opportunities to participate in programs and events sponsored by the Office of Alumni Development and Alumni Relations in the future.

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Online Networking

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is proud to offer a unique opportunity for alumni, housestaff, and medical students to virtually engage with one another using the chat software Brazen. Share your experiences, exchange career tips, and build your professional network – all online, from any device.

Upcoming Online Networking Events

Penn Medicine Alumni Virtual Career Information Fair
Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 8:15 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Click here to register.

Watch the video below to learn more.

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"It's a great program and I really enjoy participating! I learn so much from my contact with these great young minds and it is inspiring to see their passion." – Marianne Sutton, M'83, GM'84

"I am so grateful that the Alumni Relations office has put in the time and effort into getting this Mentorship Program off the ground. It's a great idea, and it's an amazing opportunity for us. As med students, we don't learn about what it's like to be a practicing physician in the real world. During our clinical rotations, we are exposed to what residency at Penn would be like, but we don't really get a sense of what comes after that. What is it like to work in private practice, or as an attending at a big academic institution, or as a government advisor? Or to alter your career path as your interests and priorities change with time?" – Sara Ginzberg, M'18

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For more information about the Alumni Mentorship Program or to opt out if you have previously enrolled, please contact Nicole McGarry.

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