Minority Housestaff for Academic and Medical Achievement

Becoming Involved


A mentor is “Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight” --Anonymous

Mentorship can take on different forms.   The housestaff will be asked to indicate whether they are seeking a “Research Mentor” or a “Career Coach.”  Descriptions below suggest different mentorship activities for each type of mentor.  They are just suggestions – allow each mentoring relationship to evolve to be as formal or informal as you both see fit.  We recommend four mentoring contacts during the academic year – the format, location can be determined by you and your mentee.

We ask that all mentors be willing to be paired with (up to, not exceeding) two Vanderbilt housestaff while participatng in this program.  Because there are over 60 minority housestaff and fellows who may request a mentor, we would like to accommodate as many as possible.  Your commitment to serve as a mentor will last for one year – after which point, you may opt be paired with another mentee or to no longer participate in the program

If you are interested in participating in the mentorship program, please contact us.


The success of your relationship with your mentor (this is not intended to be a cliché) depends on how much you want it to succeed.  Your faculty mentor will have innumerable demands on his or her time, but he or she has volunteered to be your mentor because of an interest in wanting to see you succeed.  So you can call, email, or visit having confidence that the more clear your mentoring objectives are, the more your mentor will understand how to build a successful relationship with you.  The more diligent you are at keeping your mentor informed and involved with your progress through residency, the more likely it is that he or she can help you be successful when you face a truly significant challenge or opportunity.

What you can do as a mentee:

  • Make a goal of talking or meeting with your mentor 4 times in an academic year
  • Send your mentor a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) every time a major update occurs
  • Ask your mentor to review drafts of any professional publications you are submitting
  • Ask your mentor to listen to you rehearse a scientific or clinical talk you will present
  • Ask your mentor to review your fellowship applications with you
  • Ask your mentor for his or her perspective when you have a difficult interaction with a colleague or patient
  • Bring your residency performance evaluations to your mentor for his or her perspective on your strengths and weaknesses

What do all the above suggestions have in common?  You and your willingness to contact your mentor on a regular basis to keep them “in-the-loop” when it comes to your progress.

If you are interested in participating in the mentorship program, please apply here:

For general questions about the program, contact us.