Mentorship program

ART 1: FIND YOUR MENTOR: RESIDENT/ATTENDING MENTORSHIP FOR STUDENTS

The path to becoming a physician is long and difficult. Thoughtful guidance can make a real difference. Student members of the AOCPMR that request mentors will be paired with either a resident or attending mentor in their region. Our hope is that through this experience students can gain insight into the profession, get their questions answered and have a contact from whom they can seek advice, which may help with the student’s decision making process.

Resident or attending mentors are invaluable as they have insight into the profession—how it is practiced, how it is changing and the process by which one gains entry into residency. They also were once medical students in similar situations, so they will be able to relate to where a student is in his or her training.

 

Part 2: listen, learn, ask questions, and strive for excellence

Once matched with a mentor, our hope is that you can develop a meaningful professional relationship. While we ask all mentors to reply to your questions and inquiries in a reasonable time frame, please keep in mind that residents and attendings have very demanding schedules, so be patient with turnaround time for emails and phone calls.

Some suggested topics of conversation:

  • What do you find to be most rewarding about being a physiatrist?
  • What do you find to be the most challenging part?
  • What kind of mix do you have between in-patient and out-patient practice?
  • Is there a particular area of PM&R that you enjoy more than others?

 

Some questions specific to residency:

  • What programs did you apply to?
  • What did you find to be important when considering a PM&R Program?
  • What was your experience with taking the boards?
  •  What is a PM&R Residency like?

Please take advantage of this invaluable resource for AOCPMR student members , and best of luck to you in medical school and beyond. If you have any questions about the mentorship program please feel free to contact: studentcouncil@aocpmr.org