An integral component of the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute is mentoring. After attending the leadership program, residents and students are assigned a mentor, who provides guidance and support in the execution of the mentees’ projects.
The mentor not only provides guidance and support, but serves as a role-model, reflecting those leadership attributes that the program is hoping to impart.
Length and Frequency of Contact
It is important that mentors are available to the assigned mentee during the 12 months that span the time between the first and second National Conference. A minimum expectation is a monthly phone call or, if possible, a face-to-face meeting. These opportunities help accomplish the goals of developing a productive relationship, allowing the mentee to ask questions of interest, in general, and those specifically related to his or her project, and allowing the mentor to assess progress on the mentee's project.
As the project deadline approaches, the AAFP Foundation expects the mentee to have shared the final draft of his or her project presentation with the mentor. A project scoring sheet is provided to mentors to facilitate this process and allow structured feedback for final revisions. An informational packet with an overview of project criteria is available to provide additional assistance for the project assessment.
Beyond the project deadline, less frequent communication is needed, though some additional communication regarding the ongoing activities and curricular life of the student/resident is desirable.
Though an occasional face-to-face meeting is desirable, it is not required. Every effort should be made to place mentors geographically, so the mentor is located near the student/resident to be mentored.
At the End of the Mentoring Period
At the end of the 12-month mentoring period, the mentor and mentee are asked to complete a survey evaluating their experience with the mentoring portion of the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute. After this point, the mentoring relationship can continue informally, so long as both parties agree. However, the mentoring relationship is no longer under the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute program.