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Mentoring Program

Mentoring is an important component of the residency program of plastic surgery.Mentoring is an important component of our program. Each resident is partnered with a plastic surgery attending with whom they will meet on a regular basis during their combined and/or independent three-year plastic surgery program at Montefiore. The mentor serves as a resource for a wide range of issues.

Purpose of the Mentoring Program

  1. To provide professional and personal guidance to residents in negotiating the challenges of surgical residency training.
  2. To provide career guidance.
    1. Specialty and fellowship evaluation and selection.
    2. Guidance and assistance in fellowship applications and interviews.
  3. All faculty should be available to mentor or advise any resident regardless of formal mentoring relationship. Many residents may and should be seeking guidance from other faculty members in addition to their formal mentors.

Junior Mentoring, PGY 1 through PGY 3

Purpose of the Junior Years Mentor

  1. To provide support as the PGY-1 acclimates to internship.
  2. To assist in career and specialty decisions.
  3. To assist in determining research commitments.
  4. To assist in selecting an appropriate Senior Mentor.

Requirements

  1. All incoming PGY-1's will be assigned to a faculty member.
    1. Residents can choose and change mentors if desired.
  2. Mentors must complete formal evaluations delivered through New Innovations.

Guidelines

  1. Mentors should have regularly scheduled informal meetings with residents.
    1. At least monthly July through October, then at least every other month thereafter.
    2. Mentors should be readily available to the resident for advice and assistance.

Senior Mentoring, PGY 4 through PGY 8

Purpose of the Senior Years Mentor

  1. To assist in career and specialty decision.
  2. To assess their accomplishments and address any deficiencies.
  3. To assist in determining research commitments.
  4. To guide residents through the fellowship and/or job application processes.

Requirements

  1. Mentors must complete formal evaluations delivered through New Innovations. The contents of which include:
    1. ACGME competency assessments
    2. Dates of informal meetings
    3. Synopses of career plan discussions
  2. Mentors and Residents must submit a Career/Fellowship plan to the Program Director.
    1. By the end of the first year in the independent program.
    2. Mentors must guide specific applications and interviews, which must be communicated to the Program Director as part of the Career/Fellowship plan update and maintenance.

Guidelines

  1. Mentors should have regularly scheduled informal meeting with the residents.
    1. Communicate in writing to the PD.
  2. Mentors should be readily available to the resident for advice and assistance.