We created a mentorship program to encourage camaraderie and engagement across all “generations” of surgical training by providing dedicated time to support necessary mentoring and coaching.
Each mentoring “family” consists of one or two medical students interested in surgery, a general surgery categorical PGY-1, an academic development time (ADT) resident, and a faculty member. This framework allows multiple members to meet and engage in a bidirectional mentoring experience in an efficient manner.
Each group is in place for two years. The timing for each group aligns for all trainee members to reach the following milestones:
- Medical student match and graduation
- PGY-1 to PGY-3 year
- Resident completion of academic development time (ADT)
The intern temporarily exits the program during a clinically busy third year. Once they enter their ADT, they have the opportunity to be part of a new mentoring family, serving the role as the ADT resident.