Program Overview

Presented by the International Center for Professional Development (ICPD) |

AdvaMed 2016: The MedTech Conference in partnership with medical technology industry sponsors will host a training session
for the Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Medical Te
chnology (SMDP MedTech), Oct 15-19, 2016 in Minneapolis


What is the medical technology industry?
The medical technology industry produces a wide range of health care products used to diagnose, monitor or treat diseases or medical conditions. MedTech products range from miniature robots capable of performing complex spinal surgery to light-activated drugs that target diseased cells. The growing number of discoveries and advances in the industry is creating medical technology products and health information systems that improve human health and enhance the quality of life for people around the world.

What is SMDP MedTech?
The one year career mentoring program pairs diverse postbaccalaureate or graduate students with industry mentors who work at medical device and diagnostic companies.

  Watch a video about SMDP MedTech

With their mentors, Scholars attend a 5-day training session to learn about career opportunities in industry and receive career development coaching.  They also attend AdvaMed 2016: The MedTech Conference.

How is SMDP MedTech publicized and how are applicants invited?
The International Center for Professional Development (ICPD) distributes information about the program through its websites and sends emails directly to universities and organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico.  Former Scholars have also become a large source for word of mouth referrals. 

What are the benefits to Scholars?

  • A 5-day career training experience that pairs SMDP MedTech Scholars with industry mentors from medical technology companies

  • One year of personalized career mentoring and guidance from an industry mentor

  • The opportunity to meet and network with medical technology industry mentors and other SMDP MedTech Scholars

  • Conference accommodations, meals, complementary registration for the SMDP MedTech training session

  • Complimentary registration for AdvaMed 2016: the MedTech Conference

  • Up to $350 in travel cost reimbursements

  • A personalized profile on the Mentoring Portal

  • Ongoing networking and career opportunities


Who may apply?  
The year-long career mentoring program benefits postbaccalaureate or graduate students from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the medtech workforce, including Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans and Native Americans.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States without current or future sponsorship (e.g. H1-B Stuatus).

Select the Disciplines link above to see a list of the disciplines and skills in demand across the medical technology sector. 

What is a Personalized Mentoring Plan?  
The personalized mentoring plan includes goals and action items designed to prepare Scholars for careers in the medical technology industry.

Mentor-mentee teams carry out their mentoring plans for a year following the training session. They communicate monthly by phone, email and virtually, aided by ICPD staff and the SMDP Mentoring Portal, a web-based tool that supports mentor-mentee collaboration and communication.

How do I apply?

  • Complete the online SMDP MedTech application form at by September 5, 2016

  • Submit your resume and two letters of recommendation: one from a major science instructor and one from your faculty advisor or a suitable substitute

  • Submit a 2-page personal narrative describing how you think SMDP MedTech will enhance your education and professional development. Also include your long-term career goals, academic goals, and scientific and research focus. Lastly, discuss how an industry mentor will impact your career and what you expect to gain.

How are SMDP MedTech Scholars selected?
A selection committee of representatives from the medtech industry carries out student selection evaluating applicants based on predetermined criteria. 


The committee's recommendations are compiled and a summary report is used to determine the final selection of participants.

When will I be notified of my selection status? 
We will send you an email notifying you of your selection status by September 17, 2016.

Have a question?
Contact Dustie Savage at or call us at 951 599-4956.



AdvaMed 2016: The MedTech Conference Johnson & Johnson ICPD

Lead Sponsors

Major Sponsors

Program Sponsors
Edwards Lifesciences B. Braun Deloitte Dennis & Linda Fenton St. Jude

Support Sponsors