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PSCF-FSU & UCF College of Medicine Mentorship Program

For questions about the PSCF-FSU & UCF College of Medicine Mentorship Program, contact Carrie Pope, PSCF Managing Director at carrie@pscfl.org or (844) 234-7800 ext. 2000.


The PSCF mentorship program was designed with the busy lives of our physician mentors and medical student mentees in mind.  Our program is centralized in its support and decentralized in its execution in that the mentor/mentee decide when, where, and how often they want to meet, write, or talk.  In our current COVID-19 world, the relationship might be more virtual until we get past the pandemic.  The program starts in August 2020 and culminates in May 2021.  Our program focuses, based on the advice from the medical student leadership, on first year through fourth year students.  Our program is not a shadowing program, it is about being a source of encouragement, advice, and support. 

PSCF will match, monitor, and support the mentor/mentee relationship.  The first step to become a mentor is to notify the PSCF and then you will receive a simple, short profile survey to fill out on your smartphone or computer.  Medical students will be sent a similar survey to register as a mentee.  In August you will receive notification of your match via email. 

There are three different stages during the relationship where we’ll ask you to review the relationship:  at the beginning, at the middle, and at the end.  During those times, we’ll provide a worksheet to provide some guidance in discussing important aspects to consider at each stage.

 

Beginning: Setting up Goals

At this point in the program the guide will be there to help steer the conversation around setting up appropriate goals and talking about aspects that help mentoring relationships thrive, such as preferred methods and timing of communication with one another. 

Here is a getting started guide for mentors.

Here is a getting started guide for mentees.

Mentoring Millennials, AMA JAMA, April 17, 2018

 

Middle:  The Mid-Cycle Check-In

This guide will help to facilitate a discussion about the progress students are making towards their goals and if any changes should occur.

 

End:  Closure Plan

Ending a mentoring relationship can sometimes feel awkward and the Closure Plan helps that to happen in a way that feels purposeful and natural.  The Closure Plan guides a discussion to evaluate outcomes for student goals, but also to discuss aspects of the relationship so that you are both learning something about yourselves as well. 

You will receive an email survey in mid-Fall and mid-Winter to give us feedback on a few questions related to the amount of time you have met, the areas of focus, and check off any program milestones you have reached.

We think you will get a lot of personal satisfaction of helping a future physician.  It is a way of giving back to your profession while at the same time connecting to that passion that brought you to the practice of medicine.  PSCF is here to support you throughout the program.