The Mentors in Medicine (MiM) program provides career development and research mentorship for the Internal Medicine Residency housestaff throughout the entire training period. For career mentoring, the program matches each categorical intern with a full-time senior faculty member based on the intern’s academic background, career goals and areas of special interests. Throughout the academic year, the program encourages mentor/ mentee pairs to meet and discuss career plans and other pertinent issues. The program hopes that each of the house staff will develop a long-term relationship with their mentor.
The MiM Research Program encourages and helps medical house staff (PGY1, PGY2, PGY3) to develop and implement a clinical or a translational research project in collaboration with a Washington University faculty mentor. The program also aims to educate housestaff about research endeavors. Housestaff who have an interest in participating pair with a mentor and develop a research protocol and prepare the brief application for submission to the program. Applications undergo review by Washington University faculty. Most applications get funded after making some minor protocol revisions in response to reviewer input. For applications not initially approved for funding, the program encourages prompt revision and resubmission. The program hopes to fund all applications. The program expects funded applicants to complete the approved project within the proposed timeline, and submit and, hopefully, present an abstract at a national meeting. The program expects applicants to attempt to produce a first authored manuscript and submit it to a peer-reviewed journal.
MiM research program leadership encourages meetings with housestaff to discuss research ideas, help identify a suitable mentor, review and discuss application drafts prior to submission, and discuss comments from peer reviewers. The program also provides support and oversight to funded applicants.
House staff who develop a research project through a residency training pathway should coordinate the submission with the pathway leader. C-STAR applicants may use their C-STAR research project for a MiM research program application.
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