The medical society has a mentoring partnership with minority medical students at EVMS.
Mentor Match Event
On September 26, 2013, 30 plus African American medical doctors participated in the inaugural mentoring network event held at Eastern Virginia Medical school. The purpose was to expose minority medical students to minority physicians that practice in various specialties. After a brief program, students and mentors were paired in a rotating fashion with a certain amount of time to talk with each physician. This way each student was able to speak with each physician and were later paired with a mentor that they would work with for this year-long program.
Since that time, the medical society and Eastern Virginia Medical School, through their department of Diversity and Inclusion, have co-sponsored annual mentoring events. The program has been successful in facilitating exposure of the medical students to active local medical practices. The program has also allowed more minority primary care physicians to become mentors in the medical school’s Longitudinal Generalist Mentoring Program.
Currently the mentoring program allows activities that promote socialization with minority physicians. These activities include a celebration of the minority medical school graduates, and welcoming of the new minority medical students. We also plan an annual holiday social where everyone has ample time to catch up and mingle.
Click here for pictures of our last “Holiday Happy Hour”
Over the last three years the program has expanded to include minority pre-medical, medical master’s, and college students from Norfolk State University, Hampton University and Old Dominion University.