Published 2/12/2024

Resident Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program Offers Perspectives on the Fellowship Search

Embark on a journey of knowledge exchange and camaraderie at the Resident Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program, taking place from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the Marriot Marquis Meeting Room: Nob Hill A-B. Join your peers for a unique experience where junior and senior residents share insights, answer burning questions, and navigate the fellowship discovery trail. Whether you are a seasoned resident ready to mentor or a junior resident eager to explore the fellowship search, this event is your chance to connect, learn, and build lasting relationships. Dive into the world of mentorship, discover fellowship strategies, and enjoy engaging conversations. Do not miss out on this unparalleled opportunity to shape your future in orthopaedics.

The Resident Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program is moderated by the Resident Assembly Career Development and Education Committees. This one-of-a-kind event fosters trainees’ mentoring skills while allowing younger residents to ask questions that only a senior resident can answer. Residents can learn from their peers on their recent experiences on the fellowship discovery trail and job interviews.

Feedback from past participants in this event showed that residents have specific questions they need answered as they progress through training, but they may not want to ask faculty because of discomfort or because they are trainee-specific queries. The Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program gives residents on the fellowship search an opportunity to ask those important questions. Refreshments will be available for this event.

Who can sign up?
Residents can sign up for one of two roles: mentor or mentee. Residents who sign up to be a mentor are those who are new to a fellowship specialty or who have matched into their specialty of interest. Residents who sign up for the mentee role are pursuing a specialty and want to know the ins and outs of beginning the daunting task of a fellowship search.

Why be a mentor?
Why would a senior resident who has already been accepted into a fellowship be interested in signing up to be a mentor? Participating senior residents can practice their mentoring skills by coaching junior residents about various aspects and nuances of fellowship. They can also discuss key highlights from methods and timing they used to apply for and obtain the placement or job they wanted. With mentors sharing their experiences, mentees will be able to create ideas for their own pathways.

In addition, it feels good to be able to help others. Mentors build relationships with future colleagues and gain the satisfaction of being able to help and guide others interested in their field.

Sign-up information
Signing up prior to the event is encouraged, though walk-ins are welcome. Scan the QR code below or visit bit.ly/AAOSPeerMentor2024 to enroll. Please see the AAOS staff upon arrival to be placed with your preferred specialty. While participating, mentees are encouraged to visit multiple specialty interests.

Junior and senior orthopaedic surgery residents who attend the Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program at the AAOS 2024 Annual Meeting can discover fellowship strategies, connect, learn, build lasting relationships, and enjoy engaging conversations.