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Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Mentors in Motion

Mentors Walking

Mentors in Motion program is designed to empower networking and mentoring between Jefferson postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, faculty members and alumni while engaging in healthy physical activity. Our sedentary lifestyle leads to increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, obesity and diabetes. Engaging in mentoring and networking activities increases camaraderie (mutual trust and friendship) and shares important information about a trainee’s career thoughts. Walking can reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle, increase energy and motivation, and improve health and well-being.

Each month a new theme is selected around professional development (i.e. mentoring, transitioning, interviewing, career path etc.) and a minimum of three mentors are recruited for each weekly session. The participants will meet and learn 5 tips about the selected theme. Then, the participants will walk in a fixed route around and outside the campus and engage in conversations with other participants for approximately 30 minutes. This program was inspired by “Walk with a Doc *” organization and an organized “netwalking” event at the AAMC GREAT Group annual meeting.

Menotrs in Park

The Mentors in Motion program qualifies for the institutional wellness program for postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff. The participants will earn 1 point per session, up to 30 points per program year.

Free tickets can be obtained at The tickets are free, but required to help us plan the number of mentors for each session to ensure meaningful mentor/mentee discussions.

Mentors in Hallway

Wednesdays, 4pm. In case of bad weather (heat, rain, etc.) we will walk inside a building.

July 2017; Theme – Mentoring
July 12 – Tips on finding a good mentor
(Kickoff session)
July 19 - Tips for being a good mentee
July 26– Tips for becoming a good mentor

August 2017; Theme – Careers in Academia
August 2 – Career in Academia: Tenure Track
August 9 - Career in Academia: Facility Management/ Research Track
August 16 - Career in Academia: Teaching Track/Higher Ed Administration
August 23 – Grant writing tips for student and postdoc fellowships
August 30 – Grant writing tips for K99/R00 or other K awards

September 2017; Theme – Careers in Private Sector
Sep 6 - Career in Industry: Biotech
Sep 13 - Career in Industry: Pharma
Sep 20- No meeting due to Rosh Hashana holiday
Sep 27 - Career in Non-Profit

October 2017; Theme – Life outside the lab
Oct 4 – Dual Career (or two body problem)
Oct 11 – Work Life Balance
Oct 18 – Starting a Family

Free tickets can be obtained at

Please check the Q&A page for additional information and contact Dr. Natalie Chernets with topic suggestions at