The ripple effect: Lead Mentor Program embarks on fourth year

Applications now being accepted for popular faculty development program

Now in its fourth year, the ripple effect of the Lead Mentor Program is starting to manifest across the School of Medicine; here are a few of the ripples started by the 39 Lead Mentor "graduates" in participating departments and units:

  • Established a Faculty Development Committee which meets quarterly
  • Established a breakfast for junior faculty to discuss 5-10 year plans, promotion and tenure and providing increased mentoring
  • Created a new peer mentoring group that includes late assistant professor/early associate professor faculty in division
  • Held a retreat on alternative methods for mentoring—mosaic mentoring

Mentoring is a defining feature of academic medicine. But as the School of Medicine has grown in both size and complexity over the past few decades, many faculty members – especially junior faculty – increasingly say that guidance from those who have gone before them is essential. Improving mentoring opportunities, in particular for junior faculty, was called out specifically at the School of Medicine Research Roadmap last year.

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"Many faculty members are great at informal mentoring and are always eager to help when asked. However, the program's goal is to boost the skills of a group of faculty so they can better meet the needs of junior faculty, as well as others who may need specific help, and enhance mentoring available at the department level," said Patrice Eiff, MD, Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs in the Family Medicine Department.

"Our goal is to support faculty success and mentoring is a key element of that success," said Dean Richardson. "We want to be sure the investments we are making in this area are meeting the needs of our faculty."

Dr. Eiff recently presented information to the School of Medicine leadership about the Lead Mentor Program, summarizing data from the last three years. View Dr. Eiff's power point presentation.

The Lead Mentor workshop sessions, taught by a group of multidisciplinary experts, include content presentations, facilitated group discussions, peer support and practice opportunities. The program curriculum is developed and overseen by Dr. Eiff, and Niki Steckler, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Management.

At the conclusion of each year's program, Dean Mark Richardson sits down with the Lead Mentor participants over lunch to discuss the program – to evaluate its impact and to talk about ways it could possibly be enhanced to better support faculty development.

Dr. EiffThis year, as in past years, participants were enthusiastic about the Lead Mentor Program and its potential to foster a vibrant culture of mentoring and professional support throughout OHSU.

"Having participated in the program, I'm more confident now as a mentor. I have new tools to use along with a deeper understanding of mentoring across difference and diversity," said one participant. Others echoed this sentiment, noting that their new skill sets would enable them to more effectively help faculty members who might be struggling. "I have learned that there are systematic tools available to me that can be used to foster change," said a participant.

The Lead Mentor Program is now accepting applications for participation in the fourth cohort to begin in September 2012. Applications are due July 15. The application details can be found at the Lead Mentor website. There is no fee for the program. The program is supported by the School of Medicine.

Learn more on the Faculty Development pages on the School of Medicine website.

Congratulations to the 2012 Lead Mentors Program graduating cohort!

Rita Braziel, MD
Professor, Pathology, School of Medicine

Alison Edelman, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine

Matthew Hart, MS, CRNA
Instructor/Chief CRNA, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine

David Lee, MD
Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Winnifreda Licaycay, DNP
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Robert Lowe, MD, MPH, FACEP, FACP
Professor, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine

Kristin Lutz, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Jessina McGregor, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy

Marilyn Miller-Colistro, RN
Registered Nurse, Cardiac & Surgical ICU, OHSU Hospital

David Oleson, PT, PCS
Director, Pediatric Physical Therapy, School of Medicine

Gabrielle Saunders, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery School of Medicine

Nathan Sautter, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery School of Medicine

Randy Woltjer, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, School of Medicine

Pictured: (top from left) Alison Edelman, MD; Niki Steckler, PhD; Jessina McGregor, PhD; Patrice Eiff, MD; Mark Richardson, MD, MBA; Randy Woltjer, MD, PhD; Rita Braziel, MD; Rob Lowe, MD, MPH; (Bottom) Patrice Eiff, MD