*Phase 1 update (8/8/23): We have made several matches already since opening up in early July, and have been humbled by the uptick in demand from students - clearly there is an urgent need for Mentorship! While we work on finding matches for our first round of mentees, we have temporarily paused accepting applications for new MENTEES only.
Made possible by support from the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust, we are excited to be bringing this idea to life!
Mentorship can have a profoundly positive effect on those pursuing a medical education. And yet, despite the critical support that mentors provide, almost 2/3 of MD, DO & PA students never find one, and it probably won't surprise you that match rates for female students and students of color are even lower. Students who do find someone often feel unsure about where to start, and to be fair, so can first-time Mentors. Many pairs struggle to make a meaningful connection, or come up with a structure that works, leaving both sides feeling frustrated.
We believe we can help - our program is designed to make thoughtful matches at scale, provide time-saving resources to help pairs get off to a strong start, and to build a thriving community that will foster closer connections across and between clinicians statewide.
This project is led by OMEF and the result of a collaborative effort from like-minded partner organizations who care about mentorship as much as we do.
To help us meet our Labor Day launch goal, we warmly invite prospective Mentors and Mentees to join us in Phase 1 of this game-changing initiative for Oregon.