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Undergraduate Mentoring
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APSA Undergraduate Mentorship Program

Apply for the 2020 - 2021 mentorship program today!

Applications open September 1st, 2020

Applications close October 15th, 2020

 

I. Mission


The APSA Undergraduate Mentorship Program looks to provide future physician-scientists the educational opportunities to thrive in their career. Mentorship and role-modeling have been recognized as pivotal components for student development and success in personal, professional, and academic endeavors. Physician-scientists in training gain invaluable insights into their future careers through mentorship due to increased interactions, diversified community building, and mutual support with physician-scientists of all career levels. Moreover, mentorship provides physician-scientists of all career levels the opportunity to nurture communication, leadership, and management skills.

 

This year, we will be introducing the following items to strengthen mentor-mentee relationships and overall mentorship:

  • Monthly prompt topics are restructured and now cater towards where mentees are at in their career timeline. These topics will support mentees whether they are just beginning their undergraduate studies, planning to take gap-years, planning to apply next cycle, or more.

  • Monthly prompt topics will appropriately reflect the status and impact of COVID-19.

  • We will do our best to connect mentors and mentees based on overlapping research and clinical interests to promote insightful conversations.

  • More ideas are in the works of being finalized.

 

 

 

II. Program Goals

 

  • Connect APSA professional (MD, MD/PhD or DO/PhD) trainees with undergraduates who are interested in careers as physician-scientists through mentor-mentee relationships.

  • Provide mentees a platform to gain valuable advice, develop professional skills, and better prepare for their future careers as physician-scientists.

  • Provide mentors an opportunity to serve the undergraduate student community while improving their communication and leadership skills. 

  • Increase opportunities to learn about physician-scientists programs and impact student recruitment into MD/PhD programs. 

 

 

 

III. Requirements

 

For mentees: 

  • Undergraduate students, as well as post-baccalaureate students and those taking non-traditional pathways, who are interested in careers as physician-scientists may apply.

  • APSA membership.*

  • Time commitment: 2 hrs. each month, for 6 months.

  • Responsibilities:

    • Respond to the initial contact email from your assigned mentor within 1 week, and maintain regular contact with your mentor.

    • You and your mentor will be given Monthly Prompts, as well as a list of smaller discussion items, to structure meaningful conversation. While these prompts remain optional, we highly recommend that you use these items to facilitate discussion with your mentor.

    • Respect your mentor’s time. Remember that they are students too and have assignments and deadlines just like you do.

    • Have reasonable expectations for what your mentoring relationship will be. APSA professional student mentors are more than happy to discuss their experiences as students as they relate to looking for grad schools, the application process, classes, research, etc. They are not equipped to be your tutor or editor.

    • Participate in assessment surveys sent at the end of each semester. Feedback from mentees is invaluable in our assessment efforts to enhance the quality of the mentoring program.

Undergraduate Mentee Application (for undergraduate students and post-baccalaureate students interested in becoming physician-scientists)

*Although we require that the mentees taking part in this program be members of APSA, we recognize that students may face significant financial hardship. Undergraduate students with stated financial need will have their membership fees waived. To become a member of APSA, please click here.

 

 

For mentors:

  • MD, DO, MD-PhD, DO-PhD students may apply.

  • Be enthusiastic about mentoring undergraduate students interested in careers as physician-scientists.

  • Time commitment: 2 hrs. each month, for 6 months.

  • Responsibilities:

    • Establish the initial contact with your assigned mentee within one week of receiving your assignment via email.

    • Maintain regular contact with your mentee, offering support, appropriate advice, and encouragement to your mentee. You may choose to meet in person, or if you prefer, the relationship can be kept to email, phone, Zoom/Skype/Facetime, or other messaging platforms.

    • You and your mentee will be given Monthly Prompts, as well as a list of smaller discussion items, to structure meaningful conversation. While these prompts remain optional, we highly recommend that you use these items to facilitate discussion with your mentee.

    • Share stories of past academic and career experiences when relevant and valuable, and refer your mentee to outside resources when necessary.

    • Focus on supporting and reinforcing your mentee’s strengths and potential.

    • If your mentee is local, please feel free to invite him or her to campus to sit in on one of your classes or for a tour of campus.

    • Participate in assessments surveys sent at the end of each semester. Feedback from mentors is invaluable in our efforts to enhance the quality of the mentoring program.

    • Contact us to be rematched if the mentee does not respond to initial contact emails.

Mentor Application (for current MD, DO, MD/PhD, and DO/PhD students)

 

 

IV. Contact

 

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the program, please do not hesitate to contact Linzheng Shi, 2020-2021 Chair of the Mentorship Program at linzheng.shi@physicianscientists.org or askmentorship@physicianscientists.org


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