The objectives of the Diversity Mentoring Cascade program is to:
- facilitate professional growth and development;
- leverage diversity and experiences in order to empower URM trainees to overcome barriers that hinder academic and professional success;
- create a supportive community for participants; and
- facilitate growth in mentoring skills for all participants.
A Mentoring Cascade is a form of inter-generational learning in which knowledge, values, and practice cascade from one generation of health professionals to another. Mentoring Cascade teams are comprised of underrepresented minority faculty, medical school and residency alumni, fellows, residents and medical students, allowing for mentoring up and down the training “cascade.” There are about 10 teams made up of 4-7 medical students, 2-3 residents/fellows, and 2-3 faculty. The program meets five teams a year. Due to COVID-19, the program meets virtually. Participants are provided faculty biographies and team participant emails in order to connect virtually throughout the year.
Interested in joining? Trainees (Weill Cornell medical students, residents, and fellows) at WCM-NYP are invited to complete this application which is used to match participants to a team. Faculty at WCM-NYP are invited to complete this application. Spring 2021 dates: 1/26, 3/9, and 5/4. For more information or to join the next session, email email@example.com.
The Diversity Mentoring Cascade started on November 27, 2018 with a pre-planning session attended by medical students, residents, and faculty who provided feedback on what they wish they knew, what they need, and content that should be addressed in the program. The network grew from over 160 participants in its second year and over 200 in its third year.
- How to be a mentee: Cultivating a Mentor-Mentee Relationship by Dr. Marcus Lambert with mentoring autobiographies by Drs. Kevin Holcomb and Susana Morales
- Mentoring autobiography by Dr. Laura Riley
- Mentoring autobiography by Dr. Lisa Newman
- Mentoring autobiography by Dr. Joy Howell
- Transitions to clerkships, residency, and fellowships with panelists Joy Howell, MD (Moderator), Angela Kadenhe-Chiweshe, MD, Tirsit Asfaw, MD, Thanakorn (TJ) Jirasivijinda, MD, resident Marvah Hill Pierre-Louis, MD, medical student Francesca A. Voza
- Confronting bias in medicine
- Personal Journeys: Dimensions of self and resilience
This is an excellent program that provides much-needed support across the academic trajectory. Faculty 9/17/19
I enjoyed getting to know the medical students. It helps me remember why I went into medicine to begin with. So I enjoyed the introduction. Resident 9/17/19
feel extremely comfortable speaking to my mentors and I felt reinspired about medicine and medical school! I am very pleased with the way it was organized. It gave me the chance to network and hear from all levels of training. Thank you so much for organizing this program! I am extremely grateful! Medical Student 1/29/19
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