Mentorship and Coaching

Staff Mentorship Programs and Resources

Staff Mentorship Pilot Program

MentoringThe Department of Medicine Staff Mentorship Pilot Program was developed by the WellDOM initiative to help staff find experienced mentors who can guide them on their professional journeys and is tailored to the unique needs of administrative staff within the department. 

Mentorship programs at work can increase employee retention, boost workplace satisfaction, increase workplace diversity, increase competency leading to increased job satisfaction, and foster professional growth. Our mentorship program will utilize a facilitated peer mentorship model--an approach that is grounded in collaborative work among a cohort of mentee peers under the guidance of a senior mentor.

2022-23 Schedule 

March 8, 2022

Kickoff Event
Orientation & Meet and Greet (10-12)
Foundations of Mentorship (12-1)

(Mentors and Mentees)

Vineet Chopra, MD
Chair, Department of Medicine
April 26, 2022

Facilitated Mentor Caucus: 
Providing Feedback 

(Mentors only)

Facilitator: TBA
May 4, 2022

Keys to Successful Mentorship Relationships - Charles Edelstein, MD, PhD
Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone - Katherine Frank

(Mentors and Mentees)

June 1, 2022

Institutional Knowledge - Rachael Fuhrman
NIH For the Administrator - Vatsala Singh

(Mentors and Mentees)


June 28, 2022

Facilitated Mentor Caucus: Psychological Safety

(Mentors only)

Facilitator: Carissa Smith
Division Administrator
Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine
July 6, 2022
Guest Speaker Series: Growth MindsetRavyn Miller
Vice-President of Portfolio Strategy & Business Development
Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN
August 3, 2022

Cultural Sensitivity in Team Interactions - Hillary Lum, MD
Aligning Your Strategy/Goals With Others - Jimmy Loftin

(Mentors and Mentees)

September 7, 2022

Guest Speaker Series: Work/Life Integration 

(Mentors and Mentees)

Katie Morrison, MD 
Director, WellDOM Wellness Initiative

September 26, 2022

Facilitated Mentor Caucus: 
How Difference (Identity, Perspective, Positionality) Matters and Impacts the Mentoring Relationship

(Mentors only)

Facilitator: Robert Franklin
Diversity, Health Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager
Children's Hospital Colorado
October 5, 2022
Strategic Planning in the Clinical Arena - Carissa Figal
Project Management Strategies - Alison Saville

(Mentors and Mentees)
November 2, 2022
Adaptability & Longevity in the CU System - David Calabrese
Active Listening - Dan Page
December 7, 20022
Guest Speaker Series: Leadership Challenges 

(Mentors and Mentees)
Chris Strouse, MD
Founding Member & Physician Partner
Orthopedic Centers of Colorado
Denver, CO
January 24, 2023
Facilitated Mentor Caucus: 
Public Speaking & Presentations
Facilitators: Cheryl Loudd & Christy Angerhofer
February 1, 2023
Positive Physician-Staff Interactions & Relationships - Hillary Chrastil, MHA
Servant Leadership - Jennifer Weber
February 28, 2023
Time TBA

End of Year Recognition Event 

(Mentors and Mentees)


Program Goals

  • Facilitate staff career development specifically with building work-related competencies, self-evaluation, leadership skills, and opportunities. This program will focus on the development of both mentees and mentors. Topics may include but will not be limited to:
    • Resume Building
    • Create networking opportunities
    • Developing your peer support/community
    • Identifying a career path
    • Aligning values with career
    • Growth mindset
    • Setting boundaries
    • Team goal setting
    • Workplace efficiencies and process improvement
    • Culture of an academic setting and how to navigate
    • Self-advocacy
  • Integrate with DOM onboarding process and focus on supporting new hires and acclimating to culture and workplace 
  • Facilitate an inclusive and supportive culture. 
  • Breakdown silos and connect staff across different functions, divisions, and locations. 
  • Build human centered, strong, trusting relationships that motivate and guide towards future goals. 

  • Provide opportunities for professional skill building for both mentors and mentees.

  • Increase engagement and affinity for DOM.