Pay It Forward Mentorship Program


Pay It Forward is a medical student-run mentorship program. The School of Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) and OASIS (Outreach, Advising, Support and Identity formation for Students) fund the program. The program aims to pair current medical students with undergraduate mentees from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to create a more equitable workforce, increase cultural competence, and reduce health disparities. Members of the Pay It Forward Student Interest Group will determine matches as identified by their application profile, interests, specialty of medicine, etc. 

Sign up before November 1st, 2021.

Time Commitment: We ask for a 1-year commitment. Mentors and mentees will choose when and where to meet based on what works best for their schedules. Meetings can take place in person, coffee shops, via video (Skype, FaceTime, etc.,) and/or over the phone. It is desired that they meet often and preferably once a month.

Mentoring Meetings: The purpose of these meetings are to build and maintain a positive relationship while focusing on topics related to career and professional development in Medicine. Student mentors may also assist to disseminate insight, advice, information, and opportunities in the profession.

Training: Mentors and mentees will receive resources, information, and training opportunities to support the development of effective communication and professional development. 

Mentors: Current OHSU medical students who support diversity, equity and inclusion and are willing to mentor and guide diverse students along their journey of applying to medical school.

Mentees: Diverse undergraduate students pursuing a career in medicine will be paired with a current OHSU medical student through one or more academic years for guidance throughout medical school. Diverse individuals include, but not limited to:
o   Persons from racial or ethnic groups that are under-represented in medicine and biomedical sciences: (a) Black or African American, (b) Hispanic or Latino/a/e (individual of any gender identity originating from Mexico, Central or South America, or Caribbean cultures), (c) American Indian or Alaska Native, and (d) Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
o   Persons from rural environments, defined as the majority of childhood years in a frontier environment or rural town as specified by the Oregon Office of Rural Health (i.e., a town of less than or equal to 40,000 population and at least 10 miles from a community of that size or larger.)
o   Persons who have experienced significant disadvantage or adversity (i.e., a first-generation college graduate; a recipient of social service resources while in elementary or secondary school, enhanced education or other programs for diverse populations; or by experience of economic, cultural, educational or family adversity.)

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