Finding a mentor during the early stages of your healthcare career might seem an intimidating task. Once you begin this process, try to think back to mentors you may have relied on earlier in your life. Think of a school friend who may have helped you through a challenging situation — or a sibling who coached and encouraged as you improved an athletic or artistic skill — or remember an individual whose advice has always been reliable and whose excellent character makes him or her a role model. When you consider those people and the totality of their positive characteristics, that is what you surely hope for in a mentor who can help you to improve as a professional.
Where to find a mentor
Nearly every field of healthcare offers formal mentorship programs at varying experience levels. The mentor role models share their personal insights and experiences with mentees, in order to guide their less-experienced colleagues through personal and professional development. Employers as well as professional associations may offer mentorship opportunities or may simply facilitate such opportunities. Schools often offer institutionally affiliated mentorship opportunities to residents and alumni, to help recent graduates adjust to their new professional settings. Below are examples of available mentorship programs:
This national opportunity is offered to ACCP members who are residents, fellows, or graduate students. Mentors can live in a student’s home area, or the mentorship can be conducted remotely.
Internal medicine residents at the University of Washington can participate in the faculty mentorship program and the peer mentorship program.
This mentorship program aims to retain new nurses by encouraging practical experience. Among its other goals, the program aims to help nurses integrate theory into practice.
Medical students, Junior Fellows, and new physicians can benefit from this national mentorship program. Young professionals team up with experienced OB-GYNs who guide them through formal mentorship and professional development activities.
In addition to the programs described above, you can find mentors through sources such as medtigo, a premiere online medical community. If you would like access to our mentors from within your healthcare specialty, mentors who can help guide you on your professional journey, get in touch with medtigo today.