By Christopher Hickey, LMS EVP/CEO
LMS-UK College of Medicine Mentorship Program
For questions about the LMS-U.K. College of Medicine Mentorship Program, contact Cindy Madison,, LMS Director of Membership & Communications, at (859) 278-0569.
The LMS 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. Obviously, in our current COVID-19 world, the relationship might be more virtual until we get past the pandemic. The program starts in September, 2020 and culminates in May, 2021. Our program focuses, based on the advice from the medical student leadership, on third year students as they transition from two years of academics to their clinical training and education. Our program is not a shadowing program, it is about being a source of encouragement, advice, and support.
LMS will match, monitor, and support the mentor/mentee relationship. The first step to become a mentor is to notify me and then you will receive a simple, 3 minute profile survey to fill out on your smartphone or computer. Third year medical students will be sent a similar survey in July 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.
The partnership agreement is there to help guide the conversation around setting up appropriate goals, and talk about aspects that help mentoring relationships thrive, such as preferred methods and timing of communication with one another.
This guide will help to facilitate a discussion about the progress students are making towards their goals and if any changes should occur.
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.
I 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. LMS is here to support you throughout the program.