Mentorship overview

We take a holistic approach to mentorship, which evolves with your growth as a resident. From the first day of intern year you will have intentional pairings with a variety of faculty and residents to help guide your clinical, academic and career development. Each resident has an assigned APD that oversees these various mentorship relationships. Outside of these formal structures, many residents find mentors through personal connections formed on clinical services, advice from a resident or fellow, or chance encounters.

Example of an intern’s mentorship network:

Mentorship Overview


Example of a mentorship timeline: 

Mentorship Timeline for IM Resident

Peer Mentorship Roles

  • R2 Buddy: A second year resident who assists incoming interns with the practical aspects of the transition from medical student to intern.
  • R3 Buddy: A senior resident who helps interns (and early second year residents) prioritize what opportunities to access – and their personal timeline – to realize their career goals.
  • Chief Buddy: Each resident and intern has an assigned chief who is a readily available contact for any issues that arise and advocate for the resident  

Faculty Mentorship Roles

  • Career Coach: Voluntary program in which residents are paired with a mentor outside their area of specialty interest, who helps provide objective input on career development.
  • Fellowship Counselor: Mentors are available for many ACGME-accredited and non-ACGME fellowships. These mentors are available to advise on all aspects of navigating a successful fellowship match: resume building, program selection, interview approach, networking, and more. 
  • Faculty Mentor: Each incoming intern is assigned to one faculty mentor based on specialty or other career interest. This mentor provides general guidance and helps navigate connections within their specialty area.
  • Scholarship Champions: Advisors are available in each specialty - and a variety of health services scholarly areas - to connect residents with potential mentors.
  • Assistant Program Director (APD): Residents meet bi-annually, and any other time needed, with one assigned APD for semi-structured advising. The APD ensures appropriate clinical, academic and professional development.
  • Program Director: Residents meet Dr. Lisa Skinner at least once per year, and typically many more times in the hallways, workrooms and happy hours.