Minority Mentoring Program
The OMA Minority Mentoring Program was organized by Dr. Judith Lightsey of the Radiation Oncology department. Dr. Lightsey took the time from her busy schedule to create a connection between current medical students and health professionals within the UF and Shands health care system. The inaugural reception for the program was held in April, 2008.
“The OMA Medical Student Mentoring Program is a newly established program designed to provide support and guidance to minority medical students at the University of Florida College of Medicine. As director, I developed the application process and matched students with their respective mentors. A reception was held in April where the students and mentors were introduced to each other. Our goal is to develop the program into a more structured activity whereby mentors are available to meet with their student throughout the academic year. The program is aimed at entering first year medical students however interested upperclassmen may also apply. The program involves both UF faculty and community physicians in the mentoring process.”
The OMA Minority Mentoring Program is designed to provide our URM students with faculty mentorship. Interested students are paired with interested mentors. It is a great opportunity for the fostering of relationships between faculty and students and for providing students with addition support during their medical school training.