FAQs and Tips

Career Support

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I’m not an AAPM&R member. Can I participate?
    Participation is a member benefit, learn more about becoming a member.
  • How long does it take to make a profile?
    A profile can be completed in about 10 minutes.
  • Once I sign up, how long will it take to get matched?
    Matching is done on a rolling basis. Most individuals will be matched within 2 weeks, but if you are seeking a more specific type of mentor/protégé, it could take longer to find the perfect fit.
  • What will my match be based on?
    Matching can be based on different categories, such as type of practice, specialized skills, subspecialty, etc. 
  • Can I be re-matched if my mentor/protégé isn't a good fit?
    We would be happy to re-match you if there isn’t a good fit. Please contact mentoring@aapmr.org.


At the start of your mentoring relationship, establish guidelines such as:

  • Frequency and mode of communication 
  • Responsibility for rescheduling missed meetings/calls 
  • Agenda format 
  • Evaluating progress; measuring success 
  • “Off-limits” conversations 

Try these topics:

  • Time management
  • Work/life balance
  • Career progression
  • Networking
  • Leadership development
  • Managing conflict
  • Why did I choose this profession?
  • Where do I see myself in 3, 5 or 10 years?
  • What career path has the greatest potential to lead to my happiness and personal fulfillment?

For a successful experience, avoid:

  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Nebulous goals
  • Lack of participation
  • Breaking confidence
  • Acting with a hidden agenda
  • Projecting a negative perspective
  • Poor rapport/no rapport