MD Program

Career Mentoring

Mentors serve a valuable role in the growth of healers during the journey from student to medical professional. Students at Indiana University School of Medicine benefit greatly from one-on-one career mentoring, which helps them explore specialty and career options that align with their specific skills and interests. Students are able to interact with a career mentor whenever they feel ready to discuss career options or delve into a specialty.

Many medical students consult a career mentor to make themselves more competitive for residency applications. The Mentoring and Advising Program (MAP) offers a cultivated a list of contacts in each academic department to help students better engage with specialties. These career mentor contacts are an entry point into a specialty and help students further engage with career mentoring opportunities. Students can also attend workshops and events held by the Indiana University School of Medicine Assistant Dean of Career Mentoring Debra Rusk, MD.

AAMC Resources

Students are encouraged to use Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) resources to guide conversations with career mentors and lead advisors.

Career Mentors by Academic Department

The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Anesthesia has created a network of faculty interested in serving as career mentors for medical students. Students can request a career mentor by working with the anesthesia career mentor contact Belinda Sanborn, who serves as the anesthesia clerkship coordinator.

Students are also encouraged to visit the Indiana University School of Medicine Anesthesia Residency program webpage and get involved with the Anesthesia Specialty Interest Group to learn more about the specialty and residency application process

Request a Mentor

Students interested in a career in dermatology should visit the Indiana University School of Medicine Dermatology Residency program webpage or contact a career mentor to learn more.

Current Career Mentors

  • Anita Haggistrom, MD, is an associate professor of dermatology and pediatrics, the director of pediatric dermatology at Indiana University School of Medicine and the director of the Indiana University School of Medicine Dermatology Residency program.
  • Alison Klenk, MD, is an assistant professor of clinical dermatology with an interest in medical dermatology and dermatology of systemic diseases.
  • Stephen Wolverton, MD, is a professor of clinical dermatology with interests in medical dermatology and drug safety issues.

To request a career mentor, students can work with Megan Palmer, PhD, MS. Palmer is the vice chair of education for emergency medicine and associate professor of emergency medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. She has an extensive background in education and working with students.

Students interested in learning more about a career in emergency medicine should also visit the Indiana University School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Residency program webpage and join the Emergency Medicine Specialty Interest Group

Request a Mentor

Students can request a career mentor by working with Scott Renshaw, MD. Renshaw is the director of medical student education in the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine as well as the director of the Indiana University School of Medicine family medicine clerkship.

Students should also visit the Indiana University Family Medicine Residency program webpage and join the Family Medicine Specialty Interest Group for more specialty residency information.

Request a Mentor

Students can request a career mentor by working with James Hotz, MD. Hotz is the career mentor contact for internal medicine, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Richard L. Roudebush Indianapolis VA Medical Center and a former resident at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is happy to help students learn more about the specialty and the wide variety of possibilities available with an internal medicine residency.

Additionally, students interested in the specialty are encouraged to visit the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency page and join the Internal Medicine Specialty Interest Group to learn more about the specialty.

Request a Mentor

Students interested in internal medicine/pediatrics can find a mentor by working with Tim Brady, MD, the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency program director and assistant professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Students are also encouraged to visit the Indiana University School of Medicine Pediatrics Residency program webpage and join the Med-Peds Specialty Interest Group for more information.

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Students interested in a career in interventional radiology can find a career mentor by working with Mike Schacht, MD, assistant professor of clinical radiology and imaging sciences.

Students are also encouraged to join the Indiana University School of Medicine Interventional Radiology Specialty Interest Group.

Request a Mentor

To request a career mentor, students should contact either Nicholas Barbaro, MD, chairman of the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery, or Scott Shapiro, MD, the Neurological Surgery Residency program director.

Students who are considering a career in neurosurgery are also strongly encouraged to visit the Indiana University School of Medicine Neurological Surgery Residency program webpage and work with the Neurosurgery Student Interest Group to become more active within the department, get access to research opportunities and to learn more about this competitive specialty.

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The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Neurology has established four different career mentors to talk with medical students who are interested in learning about a career in neurology. Jaison Grimes, MD, Jared Brosch, MD, Laura Tormoehlen, and Matt Bain, MD are available to meet with students and discuss a career in the field of neurology.

Students are also encouraged to join the Neurology Specialty Interest Group and visit the Indiana University School of Medicine Neurology Residency program webpage for more information.

Request a Mentor

Students can request a career mentor by working with Anthony Shanks, MD, an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology.

Students are also encouraged to get involved with the Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialty Interest Group to learn more about the specialty, research participation opportunities and engaging with faculty. Students can also learn more about the specialty by visiting the Indiana University School of Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency program webpage

Request a Mentor

Students can request a career mentor by contacting Chi Wah “Rudy” Yung, MD or Darrell WuDunn, MD, PhD. Yung is a professor of ophthalmology and the director of medical student education for ophthalmology. WuDunn is also a professor of ophthalmology and the director of the Indiana University School of Medicine Ophthalmology Residency program.

Students are encouraged to get involved with the Ophthalmology Specialty Interest Group as early as possible in during medical school. This group is a great resource for learning more about the specialty, discovering opportunities for research and engaging with department faculty. Students are also encouraged to visit the Indiana University School of Medicine Ophthalmology Residency program webpage for more information.

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The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has established ten different career mentors to guide medical students through the residency application and interview process. To request a mentor, students should work with Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Todd Bertrand, MD and Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery Andrew Parr, MD.

For information about this competitive specialty and for connections to research opportunities and faculty, medical students should connect with the Orthopaedic Surgery Student Interest Group and visit the Indiana University School of Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program webpage.

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Students interested in otolaryngology can request a career mentor by working with Elisa A Illing, MD or Taha Shipchandler, MD. Illing is an assistant professor of clinical otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and the Indiana University School of Medicine Otolaryngology Residency director. Shipchandler is an associate professor of clinical otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

Students can also learn more by visiting the Indiana University School of Medicine Otolaryngology Residency webpage or by joining the Otolaryngology Specialty Interest Group

Request a Mentor

Students can request a career mentoring by working with Matthew Kuhar, MD. He is the Indiana University School of Medicine Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency program director as well as an assistant professor of clinical pathology.

Students are also encouraged to join the Pathology Specialty Interest Group or visit the Indiana University School of Medicine Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency program webpage for more information.

Request a Mentor

To learn more about pediatrics students are encouraged to visit the Indiana University School of Medicine Pediatric Residency program webpage and participate in Pediatric Specialty Interest Group, which offers a number of programs to engage students with the department. Additionally, students can connect with one of the five Department of Pediatrics career mentors based on interests and availability.

Current Career Mentors

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Students interested in learning more about a career in physical medicine and rehabilitation can request a career mentor by working with Nathan Prahlow, MD. He is an assistant professor of clinical physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as the Indiana University School of Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency program director.

Students are also encouraged to join the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Specialty Interest Group and visit the Indiana University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency program webpage to learn more.

Request a Mentor

To request a mentor, students can work with Michael DeMotte, MD and Michael Francis, MD. DeMotte is an assistant professor of psychiatry and the Indiana University School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency program director. Francis is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry.

Students are also encouraged to join the Psychiatry Specialty Interest Group learn more by visiting the Indiana University School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency program webpage.

Request a Mentor

Students can request a career mentor by working with Darel Heitkamp, MD, the director of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency program at Indiana University School of Medicine and an assistant professor of clinical radiology. Students can also contact Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, MPH, the John A Campbell Professor of Radiology, for career advice.

Students are also encouraged to join the Radiology Specialty Interest Group and visit the Indiana University Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program webpage for more information.

Request a Mentor

Students can request a career mentor by contacting Richard Zellars, MD, chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Susannah Ellsworth, MD, the Radiation Oncology Residency program director or Marc Langer, MD, the radiology clerkship director.

Students are also encouraged to visit the Radiation Oncology Residency program webpage to learn more.

Request a Mentor

The Department of Surgery has taken a team approach to helping interested medical students learn more about this competitive field. Two faculty members serve as career mentors and are eager to introduce students to the department and other faculty members. Students can request career mentorship by contacting the current surgery career mentors.

Students are also encouraged to visit the General Surgery Residency program webpage and join the Surgery Specialty Interest Group

Current Career Mentors

Request a Mentor

Students interested in learning more about a urology can request a mentor by connecting with Chandru Sundaram, MD, the program director of the Indiana University School of Medicine Urology Residency program. He is also a professor of urology and the director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery/ Bariatric Fellowship program.

Students are also encouraged to visit the Indiana University School of Medicine Urology Residency program webpage.

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