MIT-Medical Student Mentor Program Information

Program Description

The MIT-Medical Student Mentor Program pairs MIT premedical students with MIT alumni who are attending medical schools across the country. The program seeks to provide MIT students with MIT-specific premedical advice, complementing the services of the MIT Prehealth Office with student experiences. The program also strives to provide a lasting medium through which recent MIT alumni can give back to and stay connected with the MIT premedical community.

Mentors select their own mentees in an anonymous process, in which mentors are only able to see prospective mentees’ responses to application questions but not their names. After a selection is made, AMSA coordinates the first contact between mentor and mentee. Throughout the process, AMSA members do not read application responses or make the matches themselves.

To apply for a mentor, please fill out a short application.

Please check out the FAQs below. If you have any further questions, please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be a mentee?
Current MIT undergraduate and graduate students as well as MIT alumni are eligible to apply.

I’m really busy and may not have time to commit to any more activities. Should I still apply?
Participation as a mentee should not be seen as another “activity” or “commitment,” but more as an opportunity to connect with an MIT alum who has agreed to help you on your path to medical school. In other words, you have the benefit of having a mentor who has “committed” to advising you for one academic year. Please try to take advantage of all your mentor has to offer! As a mentee, the time commitment is really up to you—what you get out the program is really what you put in.

I was paired with a mentor through this program last year. Is it necessary to reapply to continue working with my mentor?
You can definitely still keep in touch with your previous mentor. This is actually encouraged to help you develop a network of mentors as you make your way through MIT. We want to emphasize that there is nothing preventing you from contacting your former mentor for advice or feedback. You’ll have to do it informally, however. Be mindful of the fact that your former mentor may be busier this year, especially if he/she is in the clinical years of medical school.

The benefit of a recognized formal “mentor-mentee” relationship is that your mentor has agreed beforehand to advise and help you for one academic year (until the end of the spring semester). In other words, your mentor has already “committed” to helping you and being available. This aspect may be particularly important if you intend to ask your mentor for feedback on things such as personal statements and mock interviews.

We highly recommend that you apply again so that you can continue to build a network of mentors. Advice can be truly different, and perhaps your new mentor may bring a new perspective.

Will there be mentor events during the academic year?
Besides connecting on a one-to-one basis with their paired mentors, students can meet mentors at our mentoring events, where students can network with many local mentors. These events will be open to all MIT students. For latest information about the next mentoring event, please email to sign up for our mailing list.

Where are mentors studying?
Mentors are attending various medical schools across the country. Mentors are in degree programs for MD, MD/MS, MD/MBA, MD/MPH, or MD/PhD at the following schools:

Boston University
Johns Hopkins
Mount Sinai
New York University
Ohio State University
State University of New York Upstate
UC Davis
UC Los Angeles
UC San Diego
UC San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Texas at Houston
University of Texas Southwestern
University of Massachusetts
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh

If you are an MIT alum and would like to participate as a mentor, please contact

The program was previously called HMS-MIT Medical Mentorship Program and MIT Premedical Mentorship Program.