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October 8, 2020


By Justin Kreuter

Guest blog post by Anza Zahid, M.B.B.S.

Mentoring is a valuable skill in academic medicine and is essential for guiding and shaping careers of the next generation of healthcare providers. Where traditional didactic medical education can’t always be customized, mentorship programs can help address each individual learner’s specific needs. The role of residents as medical student mentors is a relatively new and an understudied area, which led to the building of RISE. Read on to learn more about the RISE program and how you can get involved!

What is RISE?

RISE (Resident role In medical Student Education) is a multi-faceted mentoring curriculum at Mayo Clinic that is co-founded by Dr. Leah Mische and Dr. Anza Zahid to bring medical students (mentees) and residents (mentors) at different levels of training together in an informal setting for mentorship opportunities. Our aim is to help identify the short and long term goals of mentees and career development by residents to achieve the objectives of our program which are:

  1. To help residents develop skills with mentoring and career counselling early in career.
  2. To offer medical students the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a resident and receive most up to date guidance on the next step in their career.
  3. To foster medical student development of clinical knowledge/skills in a low-stress environment.

RISE methodology

Our program will include clinical teaching sessions, tips on guided study plans, feedback discussions on specific mentee-selected topics, career planning and network development. In line with current COVID 19 regulations, these activities will be conducted virtually amongst the paired mentors and mentees. To make the process of learning more engaging, we also plan to host virtual large group events like trivia, speed mentoring, or case series. We want to build a community of learners helping learners for a strong next generation of healthcare providers.

How does RISE pair mentors and mentees together?

All interested residents and medical students fill out a short form stating their desired future (sub) specialty, medical versus non-medical related interests, research goals, and their perception of a good mentor/mentee. Based on identified interests, pairing is conducted subjectively to match the residents and medical students with the closest possible answers. Some medical students can be paired to two mentors, typically when the student is unsure about which specialty they would be entering.

How far has RISE come today?

RISE began taking its first baby steps in March 2020. Since then we are humbled to have been met with great enthusiasm from both residents and medical students despite the challenges and uncertainties that came with the COVID 19 pandemic. Currently, RISE is hosting 20 resident mentors and 15 medical student mentees in the program. Our community is building and we are excited to have you join us.

What are the future directions for RISE?

RISE will continue to bring you mentors from other specialties and departments at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, including pediatrics, neurology, radiology and surgical specialties. We also look forward to expanding the program to other Mayo Clinic sites in the future.

RISE is looking for you!

We are enthusiastically looking for new members to join us and become a part of the #medRISE community. Help us build a social media community that promotes a culture of mentoring by using our twitter hashtag #medRISE. Through #medRISE, medical students can connect with residents and other medical students with shared interests and stay up-to-date on latest RISE events. As part of RISE, you will also be paired with a resident mentor for academic and career counselling. Stay tuned for an email about joining the program and getting paired with a resident mentor in January!

Who can you contact to become part of RISE?

Dr. Leah Mische

Leah Mische M.D, is a second year Internal Medicine resident at Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN. She completed her medical training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and her undergraduate training at Duke University. She is a co-founder of this project and is passionate about medical education and leadership. She plans on pursuing an academic career in Infectious Diseases with a focus on global health and medical education.

Dr. Anza Zahid

Anza Zahid M.B.B.S, is a post-doctoral researcher at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. She has been affiliated with Cambridge University Hospitals, UK, for electives in Neurocritical-Care and later, MD Anderson-Stem Cell Transplant Department as a visiting medical student. Her research interests are in oncology and immunology. She is a co-founder of this project and shares great enthusiasm for medical education to foster a culture of mentorship and advancing careers.

Divya Takkellapati

Divya Takkellapati is a second year medical student at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She attended undergrad at the University of Cincinnati, where she earned degrees in biology and French. She has interests in internal medicine, primary care, and teaching. She is currently a leader of the Internal Medicine Interest Group at the medical school and is a member of the RISE team.

Caroline Doherty

Caroline Doherty is a first year medical student in the MD/PhD program at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2019 with a BS in Biochemistry.  Her research interests are currently in cancer biology and more specifically, have been in the use of nanomedicine for tumor-targeted delivery of gene therapy.  She is very excited to be joining the RISE team and to be the M1 student representative. 

Dr. Jennifer Kleinman Sween

Jennifer Kleinman Sween M.D, is an academic hospitalist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. She holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and completed medical school at the University of Minnesota followed by Internal Medicine residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. She has received numerous honors and awards including Excellence in Teamwork and Hospital Internal Medicine Educator Award. She is Quality Chair for the Division of Hospital Internal Medicine and serves on Midwest Clinical Practice Quality Oversight Committee. She is the faculty mentor for the Internal Medicine Interest Group and serves as faculty supervisor for the mentorship project at Mayo Clinic for medical students and residents.

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