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Mentorship Program

Program Description
The purpose of the Iowa Psychiatric Society mentorship program is to connect residents with practicing psychiatrists across the state who share similar interests. Mentors can provide advice regarding different types of psychiatric practices, discuss practice opportunities in various parts of the state, and share their own experiences navigating the field of psychiatry outside of residency. Residents will be paired based on their preference for type of practice, location in Iowa, and specific interests. Finding someone who has chosen a similar path of interest can be challenging, and this mentorship program is meant to help residents pursue their passion with the guidance of an experienced mentor.
 
General Information
The IPS Member-in-Training program is available to IPS members who are current residents in the state of Iowa. To make the program worthwhile for both mentors and mentees, we would like to be sure that all mentees can commit to contacting their mentor four times over the course of the year (this can be via e-mail, phone, or in-person). We hope that mentor/mentee pairs would be able to meet in person during the IPS meetings and conference, if possible.
 
Role of Mentors
Having good mentors is often integral to career development for resident psychiatrists. Mentors can provide guidance during difficult situations, help residents in navigating decisions about the direction of their careers, help them in learning more about topics of interest, or can provide a host of other opportunities.  
 
Expectations of mentees:
  • Making contact with the mentor a minimum of four times a year (by phone, email, or in person)
  • Establish goals of the mentor/mentee relationship
  • Ask for career advice/perspective, feedback, suggestions, and conversation as needed
  • Discuss areas of interest to both the mentor and mentee and be open to conversation
  • Be open to developing a broader network, where possible
Expectations of mentors:
  • Making contact with the resident a minimum of four times a year (by phone, email, or in person)
  • Establish goals of the mentor/mentee relationship
  • Offer career advice/perspective
  • Help the resident gain knowledge in areas of interest to both the mentor and mentee
  • Be available to offer advice and to serve as a sounding board for concerns that the resident has 
  • Help the resident to develop a broader network, where possible

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Iowa Psychiatric Society
PO Box 30413
Indianapolis, Indiana 46230