Virtual engagement programs for WSU School of Medicine alumni and students
The COVID-19 outbreak is having a significant impact on medical education. Amidst event cancellations and face-to-face meeting limitations, it is critical that we continue to provide engagement and mentorship opportunities between alumni and medical students. Below are three engagement programs that foster relationships through large webinars, small groups and one-on-one mentoring. Within these three programs, there's truly a place for everyone, even those who are not tech savvy.
Medical Specialty Webinars
Medical Specialty Webinars allow medical students to learn about what specialties are available and what each entails. Physicians from across the country will speak informally with students about their chosen specialty. It's a fantastic way for students to ask some basic questions about specialties they might be interested in, and gain insight into life as a practicing physician. Physicians will speak to students about their education, residencies, and career, as well as professional and personal experiences in their specialty. Medical Specialty Webinars will be conducted as a virtual alternative to Medical Specialty Lunches via Zoom video conferencing. The Medical Alumni Association will schedule all webinars in Zoom, and the alumni host will start the conference at their designated date and time. Students will then join remotely using the Custom Personal Meeting ID. Alumni - register for medical specialty webinars | Students - register for medical specialty webinars at links below.
Webinars for winter/spring 2021 are being scheduled now. If you are interested in hosting a session, please contact Alumni Program Officer Emily Stone (firstname.lastname@example.org).
E-roundtable with a Doc
Our new e-roundtables will bring together current medical students and SOM alumni in an informal digital environment where they can discuss both medical practice and its influence on families, personal relationships, and life "after work".
This program gives medical students the opportunity to connect more deeply with alumni physicians and ask questions about life both inside and outside of clinical settings during the various stages of medical education and career. Participants are encouraged to share stories, discuss questions or concerns, and seek advice in a small group setting. E-Roundtable with a Doc is a remote alternative to Dinner with a Doc, ideally connecting 2-8 individuals for informal group mentorship. This e-engagement program will match medical students with SOM alumni nationwide via remote communications. This program can be conducted in small video conferences with groups of medical students, and medical students and their families. The mode of video conferencing will be up to the discretion of each group. Alumni -register for e-roundtable | Students - register for e-roundtable.
One-on-one Virtual Mentoring
Virtual mentoring brings together current medical students and SOM alumni for one-time or continuous mentoring to discuss both medical practice and its influence on everyday life. This program is a great opportunity for medical students to learn more about specific specialties, general medical practice, and day-to-day life as a physician. One-on-one virtual mentoring will be conducted as a remote alternative to the shadowing program to connect students with alumni from across the country. This e-engagement program will match medical students with SOM alumni nationwide via remote communications for one-on-one mentoring.
Along with email and phone, video conferencing is a recommended platform for this program. Zoom offers free, unlimited time on one-one-one meetings. Facetime is free between I-phone users, and Skype is free for desktop, laptop, or mobile phone. Skype is a wonderful alternative to Facetime for one-on-one or small group conferencing. The video-conferencing platform for this program will be up to the participants' discretion. Alumni - register for virutal mentoring | Students - register for virtual mentoring.
M4/M3 e-Mentoring brings together students who have nearly completed their medical school tenure and M3 students entering a critical time of their education for one-time or continuous mentoring to discuss both medical practice and its influence on everyday life. This program is a great opportunity for medical students to learn more about Step 2 prep, the residency interview process and day-to-day life in the final year of medical school. This e-engagement program will match M4s with M3s via remote communications for mentoring. M4/M3 E-Mentoring can be conducted one-on-one or in small groups of two to eight. Along with email and phone, video conferencing is a recommended platform for this program. Zoom offers free, unlimited time on one-one-one meetings. Facetime is free between I-phone users, and Skype is free for desktop, laptop or mobile phone. Skype is a wonderful alternative to Facetime for one-on-one or small-group conferencing. The video-conferencing platform for this program will be up to the participants' discretion. Students - register for M4/M3 e-mentoring.
Student & Alumni Testimonials
"Engaging in the One-on-One Virtual Mentoring program has definitely been worthwhile. I have had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Spence, who was very willing to share his breadth of experience in the clinical and business sides of medicine. As an undecided rising M3, he provided me with perspectives on the different paths I could follow. I am very excited about catching up/receiving words of advice every couple of months with Dr. Spence!"
"I signed up for the M3/M4 E-mentoring program. My M4 was extremely helpful and gave great information on Internal Medicine as a specialty, what to expect with rotations, and general advice for the next two years. I really appreciated her insight as she is about to be done with medical school. This was a great opportunity to connect with someone new, and I am really glad that the alumni association puts on events such as these!"
"Office of Alumni Affairs, thank you for introducing me to Dr. Iyantta Howell through the Virtual Mentorship Program! Dr. Howell, thank you for sharing the lessons and experiences you have gained throughout your academic career at the School of Medicine! I am so grateful to have established a working relationship with an alumna and healthcare provider in the area. I look forward to starting medical school this summer and learning more about your work!"
"Dr. Pummill was a delight to speak with, and a physician to really look up to. I appreciated her candor and openness about life as a plastic surgeon, and she was so encouraging about considering it as a real option for myself. I was not sure about whether it was something I would be interested in-- I wanted to hear about what it was like since I have such little firsthand experience or knowledge of the field. I sincerely appreciated her encouragement and her time, and I am excited to shadow her when we are all able to see each other in person."
"I had a great experience participating in the One-on-One Virtual Mentoring program with Dr. Regina Wang. She gave me a lot of insight into the field of Family Medicine, and was very helpful answering all of my questions about medical school and residency. Thank you to Dr. Wang for your time and advice, I truly appreciate it!"
"I set up a meeting with Dr. Piero Simone, and went in with nerves high and a little off-track with where I was heading career-wise. He pointed me in the right direction and with great confidence. I hope more people utilize the physician mentoring program, they are a great source of knowledge about the current field and also know the in and outs on how to succeed! Thank you."
"I would like to personally thank Dr. Mary Jacob for hosting an emergency medicine webinar. It was incredibly helpful in understanding the day to day expectations, struggles, and duties of an EM doctor. I appreciated how informal and honest she was, and I thoroughly enjoyed the webinar. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to give back to us!"