Diverse Medical Student Mentorship Program
The House Officers Association has launched a mentorship program to pair diverse residents and faculty with diverse students to support and sustain their academic and professional development.
Allison Empey, M.D., and Marica Baleilevuka-Hart, M.D., presented the initiative to School of Medicine leaders in fall 2016. The Diverse Medical Student Mentorship Program is intended to meet a need, surfaced by students, for mentors who share their cultural, racial and/or sexual orientation experience and can assist students in navigating their trainee years.
The program assists not only in recruitment but retention of diverse students, residents and faculty.
In medical school at OHSU, Baleilevuka-Hart was a diversity scholar who sought more mentorship opportunities. As a resident, she has co-developed the framework for the program with Dr. Empey.
During development, feedback from residents revealed that being paired with one mentor presented challenges. The Diverse Medical Student Mentorship Program presents a more inclusive model in which students will have a list of potential mentors to choose from.