Connector-Based Mentorship Program

Goals

  • Facilitate impactful, individualized mentorship based on the needs of junior faculty
  • Foster authentic and meaningful professional development

Connector Based Mentorship Program logo 2021Mentorship is critical in academic medicine for scholarly work, retention, job satisfaction, and career advancement. Establishing effective, longitudinal mentorship can be challenging—new faculty usually lack a network of more experienced faculty who are ideally suited to serve as mentors; pre-assigned mentorship relationships are rarely durable or effective.

Connector Comment 2.revised3Dr. Neha Deshpande launched the Connector-based Mentorship Program with the UWMC Hospital Medicine Group in 2019. The program leverages the robust colleague networks and institutional knowledge of mid-career faculty “Connectors.” Connectors are trained to elicit junior faculty professional goals through exploration of career and personal histories, authenticity and meaning, and specific professional interests. Through the program, junior faculty are paired with a Connector based at their clinical site. Connectors meet individually with junior faculty to assess their needs and aspirations, refer them to senior faculty with the goal of establishing longitudinal mentoring relationships, and follow up on the success of the connection.

Connector Comment 3.revisedThe program is currently expanding to include more faculty throughout the Division. The Connector-based Mentorship Program partners with other Division of General Internal Medicine programs: Faculty Development Program (FDP) and Academic Research Coach (ARC).