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Published 3/24/2022

Residents Invited to Attend Peer-to-peer Mentoring Program

The AAOS Resident Assembly’s Resident Peer-to-peer Mentoring Program will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel in Room CC12-B.

The Resident Peer-to-peer Mentoring Program is a one-of-a-kind event that fosters mentoring skills of trainees while allowing younger residents to ask specific questions that only trainees can answer, such as questions about recent experiences on fellowship discovery trails and job interviews from the applicant’s standpoint. In previous surveys of residents who participated in this event, participants stated that there are many trainee-specific questions they want or need answered as they enter this stage of their careers. They also noted that they would not ask faculty these questions either out of discomfort or because they are trainee-specific. The Resident Peer-to-peer Mentoring Program gives residents on the fellowship search an opportunity to ask those questions. Refreshments will be available during this event. Below are more details about the event.

Peer-to-peer Mentoring Program differs from Speed Mentoring
The Speed Mentoring Program, hosted by Lisa Cannada, MD, FAAOS, is a separate event from the Peer-to-peer Mentoring Program. Dr. Cannada’s program is an excellent chance for residents to meet experienced faculty, network with attendings, and gain insights into applicable career topics.

Participants serve as either mentors or mentees
Residents can sign up for one of two roles: mentor or mentee. Residents who sign up to be mentors are either new to fellowship specialty or have matched into their specialty of interest. Mentees are residents who are interested in pursuing a specialty and want to know the ins and outs of beginning the daunting task of fellowship searches.

Senior residents who have been accepted into fellowships are encouraged to be mentors
Mentors are able to practice mentoring skills by coaching junior residents about various aspects and nuances of fellowship. They are able to discuss key highlights from methods they used to obtain the jobs they wanted. Mentors build relationships with future colleagues and gain the satisfaction of being able to help and guide others interested in their field.

Please RSVP for this event by emailing durham@aaos.org. Sign-up prior to the event is encouraged; however, walk-ins are welcome. Please see the AAOS staff upon entering to be placed into an appropriate group.