AAP-mentorship-programThe AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) and the Section on Early Career Physicians (SOECP) has implemented a new and exciting program – The AAP Mentorship Program.

Mentorship is an important tool for professional development and has been linked to greater productivity, career advancement, and professional satisfaction. Pediatricians like you recognize that mentorship is critical in helping nurture future leaders and a key opportunity to engage existing members and leaders. The AAP Mentorship Program seeks to establish mentoring relationships between trainees/early career physicians and practicing AAP member physicians. A primary goal is to promote career and leadership development. Mentors will have opportunities to further develop leadership skills and learn about emerging trends from the next generation of their peers. Mentees will gain a trusted advisor and learn methods to enhance career advancement. And all parties will form professional relationships and share advocacy, professional, and research interests.

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Becoming involved is very easy. The only requirement to participate is to be a national AAP member in good standing. Participants need only sign-up and complete an online mentor/mentee profile form (you can sign up to be both a mentor and mentee if you so choose). The profile form collects information on education/training, subspecialty interests, practice/professional/clinical interests, chapter affiliation and the amount of time the participant is willing to commit. Mentors/mentee pairs will have the ability to meet traditionally in person if they choose a local match or use one of several online tools to meet virtually.

The program is set-up for both “traditional” long-term relationships, as well as short-term “flash” mentoring. The flash mentoring component allows for mentees to contact mentors for quick questions, set up 1-2 meetings, as well as participate in online topical forums and Q&A forums. Therefore, the time commitment and expectations can be tailored to fit each mentor/mentee pairs’ needs.

Visit www.aapmentorship.chronus.com and sign up to be a mentor and/or mentee today! AAP login and password required.