Pediatrics Faculty Mentoring Program

Department of Pediatrics Mentoring Program

In 2007 and with assistance from the Professional Development and Faculty Affairs Office, the mentoring program in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical was the first formal mentoring program established in the School of Medicine. Please click on the following tabs to learn more about the program and to download forms used to help with the mentoring process. Any questions should be sent to Dr. Michael Rapoff, Director of the Mentoring program at mrapoff@kumc.edu or 588-6373.

Overall Goal

The overall goal of the Department of Pediatrics Mentoring Program is to first develop healthy, successful individuals, guiding them on career paths which follow their dreams and utilize their strongest assets. To that end, we strive to establish, develop, and facilitate positive, enduring, and mutually beneficial mentoring relationships, which allow mentees to plan, learn and grow, and which renew and reward mentors through the experience of encouraging, motivating, and inspiring others.

In general, the purpose of the Department of Pediatrics Mentoring Program is to: 1) promote the development and advancement of faculty in the Department of Pediatrics through a program targeted at and tailored to the specific needs of junior faculty; 2) nurture and cultivate junior faculty to become the next generation of academic leaders; and 3) support the retention of our faculty through opportunities and the continuous building and expanding of professional skills.

Objectives

Department of Pediatrics Mentoring Program objectives approved by the Pediatric Faculty Development Committee are to:

  •  Provide the framework for developing mentor-mentee relationships for the purpose of career development
  •  Develop skills in goal-setting, communication, and feedback
  •  Foster an environment where mentoring becomes a part of the culture
  •  Be consistent with our stated mission

The mentoring program shall:

1. Promote the growth of junior faculty as individuals, promote the growth of junior faculty careers in academic medicine, and prevent the loss of promising junior faculty.

2. Remove obstacles and reduce (or eliminate) the confusion that can occur simply from being new to a career or environment.

3. Unaddressed, these obstacles can increase frustration, waste time, and delay progress toward a productive schedule.

4. Help junior faculty balance their professional and personal lives, knowing that happiness at home contributes to job satisfaction and productivity.

5. Establish a formal series of training sessions for both mentors and mentees that will assist junior faculty in acquiring or refining their knowledge and skills, consistent with their chosen career path and academic track, in the areas of patient care, education, research/scholarship, and professional service.

6. Establish a routine program of informal meetings for both mentees and mentors, meeting separately, for networking and conversation; for example, "The Mentees Luncheon."

Participation in the Mentoring Program

The Director of the Pediatrics Mentoring Program, Division Chiefs, and the Chair of Pediatrics will be responsible for matching mentee/mentor pairs.

For New Faculty
1. General orientation to the merits, benefits, structure and expected outcomes of the Mentoring Program will be explained one on one by the Director of the mentoring program.
2. Determination of the qualities the mentee would consider most desirable in a mentor will be discussed.
3. Mentees must commit to a formal mentoring relationship for a minimum of one (1) year and as long as (3) years.
4. Application to participate as a mentee will be completed on-line.
5. To participate successfully in the program mentees are asked to attend a formal mentee-mentor luncheon meeting once per year.


For Senior Faculty
1. Senior faculty will be invited to apply to serve as a Primary or Secondary Mentor. Invitation will be extended by the Director of the mentoring program based on their desire to mentor and a history of successful mentoring.
2. Prospective Mentors will be selected and matched based on experience, skills, expertise, interest and qualities preferred in a Mentoring relationship.
3. Senior faculty will be expected to commit to a formal Mentoring relationship for a minimum of one (1) year and maximum of three (3) years with each mentee.
4. Application to participate as a Mentor will be completed and emailed to the Director of the program.

To participate successfully in the program mentors are asked to attend a formal mentee-mentor luncheon meeting once per year.

Mentoring Program Booklet and Evaluation Forms

Last modified: Aug 10, 2016
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