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Mentoring diverse students: Opening opportunities via virtual platforms

Published:November 04, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2022.10.053
      Jadi et al. report survey data from their pilot mentorship program for medical students who identify as underrepresented in medicine (URiM). This program was launched during the COVID-19 pandemic and led by the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) in partnership with the Latino Surgical Society (LSS) and the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS). The program aimed to explore whether a virtual platform could provide access to mentors and foster skills for professional development for the target demographic. Pre- and post-program Surveys querying the experiences of 30 mentor-mentee pairs were administered exploring the feasibility of virtual mentorship meetings and the program's impact on specific professional development skills. The participants reported significant improvements in mentees' elevator speech (p = 0.008), developing curriculum vitae (CV) (p = 0.005), ability to network (p = 0.005), and acquiring skills for career advancement (p = 0.007). Mentees also reported feeling more supported in their career choice (p = 0.007).
      • Jadi J.
      • Shaughnessy E.
      • Barry L.
      • et al.
      Outcomes of a pilot virtual mentorship program for medical students interested in surgery.
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