Integrating resident physicians into the local health care and wellness environment is central to the experience at IU School of Medicine, where networking opportunities and access to the academic mission of the organization complement the clinical skills gained as part of training. A mentoring program matches each resident with a faculty mentor who offers expertise and advice in the specialty area of focus. Residents also participate on professional committees to round out the experience and prepare for successful careers in medicine.
In addition, the Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Mentor/Mentee Program is designed to enhance the experience of underrepresented residents and fellows—including first generation learners, learners from rural areas, and educationally or economically disadvantaged learners—to ensure that all future physicians are poised for successful careers regardless of ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or other personal attributes. The program engages residents and fellows with faculty committed to supporting the development of a diverse workforce in health care and offers a wide range of activities, social events, workshops and networking opportunities.