The PHPN Mentor Program is actively recruiting new mentors to assist PH coordinators interested in pursuing PHCC Center of Comprehensive Care (CCC) or PHCC Regional Clinical Program (RCP) accreditation. Do you have some pearls to share after going through your center’s accreditation? Your participation holds incredible valuable because of your knowledge about working in a PH program as well as what it takes to go through the PHCC accreditation process.
The PHPN Mentor Program is a 6 month, renewable contract between an experienced PH expert (mentor) and a healthcare professional with an interest and need in PH care (mentee). This program is only available to PHPN members (so be sure to check if yours is up-to-date). Over the last few years, several PHPN members have been contacted by coordinators at PH programs pursuing accreditation to request mentorship while navigating the accreditation process. Since PHPN already has a formal mentor program in place, adding PHCC accreditation to the list of areas for mentorship assures that mentors are qualified. Mentors and mentees are asked to complete a short, online survey at 1, 3 and 6 months. The data is then used to evaluate the program and mentor/mentee satisfaction.
PHPN mentors must have expertise in specific areas needed by PH healthcare professionals for professional development. Mentors have at least 5 years of experience in PAH. The center where they practice should use all classes of FDA approved PAH therapies. Additional criteria to serve as a PHCC accreditation mentor includes at least one term of service on the PHCC Oversight or Review Committee within the past 5 years, OR practice as a coordinator at a CCC or RCP, having applied for and obtained accreditation. The mentor cannot be a current member of either the PHCC Review Committee or Oversight Committee to avoid potential conflicts of interest.
If you’d like to help by providing guidance to other medical professionals, please consider a mentorship. We encourage PH Coordinators to become mentors for PHCC accreditation so you can share your expertise with those pursuing accreditation. Being a mentor is a rewarding experience and a great way to give back to our PH community.
Interested? Potential mentors should go to the Mentor Program page and fill out the mentor application. The PHPN Communications Committee reviews applications and CVs of mentors, then recommends candidates to the PHPN Executive Committee for appointment prior to matching mentees with mentors according to similarly indicated areas of expertise. To learn more about the Mentor Program, please visit: www.phassociation.org/medicalmembershipnetworks/phpn/mentor-program.