Mentoring Medical Students

 
 

Inspire and guide medical students to deepen their interests in global health

Mentorship is a critical component of a student's educational advancement, and can be a rewarding experience for all involved. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene focused on global health mentorship in its 2019 supplement, with the hope that the supplement would encourage researchers and organizations in low and middle income countries (LMICs) to prioritize mentorship. The supplement includes one scoping review, which developed a set of criteria to evaluate existing mentoring toolkits in LMICs, and found that there are very few resources developed by LMICs.

Although it was not reviewed in the scoping article above, GHP finds that the Mentorship Compact, created by the UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI), meets many of these criteria, and is a strong guide for both mentors and students engaging in the Global Short-Term Training Program (GSTTP) and/or the longitudinal Global Health Pathway. We encourage UCLA mentors and mentees to use this checklist, also adapted from the UCGHI Mentorship Compact, to guide you through the process.

"I love mentoring DGSOM students. They are some of the brightest and most compassionate people I know. We work together on high impact projects. I help them do things sometimes out of their comfort zone. I think that’s a valuable activity for a mentor, enabling students to tap into their strengths and do things they did not know they could do themselves."
- Jeff Klausner, MD, MPH, Medicine/Infectious Diseases

If you would like to serve as a mentor, please contact Dr. Traci Wells at TWells@mednet.ucla.edu.