Each intern is specifically assigned to one assistant program director in addition to their coach. This dedicated individual, with expertise in resident mentorship, develops a strong personal and professional connection with each intern. Constructive feedback and comprehensive evaluation is an essential element of personal and professional development. Each resident has semi-annual meetings with their assigned mentor to review evaluations and overall performance, as well as to plan for the future by addressing issues such as finding a research project, choosing electives, fellowship applications, and looking for a job. Beyond this formal mentor, each intern is paired up with a similarly minded faculty member who is their Clinical Coach (see next heading for details). As such, each intern/resident has multiple layers of mentorship and coaching throughout their residency training including their intern team, APD mentor, and Clinical Coach.
As residents are ready to define their career path towards a subspecialty, area of research, practice base, or further training platform, we actively assist them in finding their “second tier” of mentors – those in their area(s) of interest who can serve as direct role models. Categorical residents planning to pursue a subspecialty career are paired with a faculty member with similar research interests to encourage and facilitate a productive research path during residency. Similarly, residents pursing a career in hospitalist medicine or primary care are assigned a mentor within their chosen field with similar career aspirations.
We are fortunate to have a large and diverse faculty, including MDs and PhDs, who are invested and eager to mentor our residents. The breadth of the medical campus, including a School of Public Health and liaisons with National Jewish Medical Center and the Children's Hospital, opens wide doors for residents to pursue various career goals within their internal medicine training.