The Underserved Pathway mentorship is a longitudinal relationship to support students’ interest and commitment to caring for people who are underserved.
Who are Underserved Pathway mentors?
Underserved Pathway mentors are healthcare professionals from across the WWAMI region who are involved in the care of underserved populations in a variety of capacities. UP mentors must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
– primarily care for underserved patients
– have extensive history of caring for underserved patients
– are from a group historically underrepresented in medicine
– conduct research related to the health of historically marginalized people
Why is mentorship impactful?
Working with a mentor provides students early and consistent exposure to professionals who can offer valuable insights into what it is like to care for underserved populations. These mentors can answer questions, provide advice, and support students through their education and professional development.
How do students find their mentors?
Check out our Underserved Pathway Mentor Roadmap — suggestions for discussion topics with your mentor for all four years of medical school, with a few reminders about Pathway deadlines!
For more reading: check out Making the Most of Mentors: A Guide for Mentees by Zerzhan J., Hess, R., Schur E., Phillips, R., and Rigotti, N. (2009). Academic Medicine.; 84:140–144