The Medical Diversity and LGBTQA Advocacy Interest Group within the Aesculapian Society and the EDG Office have established a mentoring program for LGBTQA+ medical students and residents. This initiative was launched because students felt isolated and vulnerable. Many stated that they were uncertain if it was safe to be out, or if their sexual orientation would compromise elective opportunities, chances for residency positions, or their overall career.
As part of the program, monthly group mentoring meetings are held which are well attended by mentees and mentors. One-on-one mentoring is offered for mentees that are not comfortable with the group format. Since its inception in November 2015, more than 30 trainees and 25 faculty have signed up for group or one-on-one mentoring.
Questions and expressions of interest in the program can be directed to:
Director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Gender Issues