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“Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”-Albert Camus
The SNMA Chapter of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine is devoted to increasing the level of minority student recruitment, admissions, and retention at the Carver College of Medicine. In order to achieve this goal we, as a conglomerate, are also devoted to encouraging the promotion and development of minority residents, fellows and faculty members in order to increase the presence of minority mentors at the Carver College of Medicine. We are committed to developing and/or sponsoring programs for minority youth to encourage their entrance into the health professions. With continued commitment to decimate healthcare disparities in this country, we pride ourselves with efforts towards distributing information regarding minority health to all Carver medical students. Many of these objectives are obtained through our mentoring program that is targeted to both undergraduate students interested in healthcare and current minority medical students.
The mentoring program for undergraduates will focus on three components:
Undergraduate students will be paired up with a minority medical student and a PhD student when possible. The pairing process will respect similar backgrounds and interests. The primary objective of the program is to provide students with the network of support needed to succeed in the university and beyond. Casual one on one interaction will be available, as well as opportunities for involvement in extracurricular activities.
The mentoring program for minority medical students includes the development, facilitation, support and nourishment of mentoring relationships between students and minority residents, fellows, faculty, and administration. The pairing process will take specialty areas into account. This program will also consist of casual one on one interactions with mentors to provide career planning advice and occasional group events involving all mentor-mentee pairs. Mentors will work with the mentees to improve the overall retention of minority medical students and to provide guidance on how to maintain a successful balance of personal and professional demands as a physician.
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