We are very fortunate that our department is filled with wonderful faculty who do extraordinary work and happen to be very dedicated to resident education. There is an abundance of mentors to provide research, clinical, or career guidance. Residents are very well supported as they carve their individualized career path.
Daniel Manson, 2019 Graduate
In addition to learning clinical medicine, residency is also a critical period of professional development, and we provide our residents with multiple layers of active mentorship to facilitate their career growth and all-round development. Often these layers serve as a jumping-off point, introducing residents to faculty mentors in an area of academic interest.
Every resident is paired with a key faculty advisor (KFA) at the beginning of intern year. The KFA monitors and coordinates the resident’s professional and academic progression throughout the course of training, and the pair meets at least biannually to review evaluations, performance, and to discuss career goals. KFAs also play an integral role in writing program letters for residents applying to post-residency fellowships.
The residency program maintains a research mentor database, containing a list of faculty in each subspecialty of Medicine with a track-record of excellence in mentorship. The database also includes research projects that current residents and recent graduates have completed with these faculty members.
The program leadership (PD, APDs, and chiefs) have a truly open-door policy, inviting residents to discuss any and all matters relating to their training and professional development. In addition to intermittent and ad hoc meetings, each resident has planned scheduled meetings with senior leadership. Our Department Chair, Dr. Donald W. Landry meets with each PGY1 to understand and facilitate their career interests, and our Program Director, Dr. Subani Chandra meets with each senior resident individually to guide and support their professional goals and post-residency plans.