Medical Student Mentorship Program (MSMP)



Most medical professionals would not have made it where they are today were it not for all the people who stood by them in elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and even graduate and professional schools.

The Medical Student Mentorship Program is specifically focused on helping students of lower economic status or from underprivileged backgrounds in high schools gain access to experienced persons within the medical and biomedical research field. Students are paired with medical student mentors at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix (UACOM-P). Such pairings will facilitate the high school students’ journies into the medical profession via advice and encouragement from people within the field. This will also enable exposure of high school students to medical education and medicine. Mentoring is not only a fruitful opportunity for the mentee but also a rewarding experience for the mentor.

Mentor-Mentee Relationship Defined

The mentor and mentee-relationship is individualized to the needs of both the mentor and the mentee. However, the relationship must meet all the listed program objectives. The mentee can receive career guidance and exposure to medical education by accompanying the mentor to lectures, case-based instruction (CBI), doctoring, and other UACOM-P student activities.


Mentor Selection Process

Mentors must be students at the University of Arizona – College of Medicine. Mentors are required to complete a short application (see link section) prior to inclusion in the program. Once this has been received by the program coordinator, an appropriate mentee will be assigned.

Mentee Selection Process

Currently, student mentees expressing an interest in medicine will be referred from faculty and staff at the Bioscience High school (512 East Pierce Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85004) to the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine mentorship program coordinators.

Mentees are required to submit a one-page paper prior to participation in the program. The following includes items that can be discussed in the paper: expectations from participation in the program, what they think the mentee-mentor relationship should be, exposures they prefer during the program (e.g. going to class with a medical student, spending time with a clinician or in a research lab), short-term and long-term career goals, etc. Students must list what year of high-school they are in and their graduation date. Once the paper has been received by the program coordinator, an appropriate mentor will be assigned.


Mentor Responsibilities

1. To be available to the mentee in order to answer any questions that arise

2. To foster a nurturing relationship that encourages and guides the mentee to achieve his or her career goals

3. To encourage mentee participation in UACOM-P activities

4. To always maintain respect in the mentor-mentee relationship

5. To be realistic of the time commitment that may be involved in mentoring and participate only if dedicated to being a mentor

6. To keep block directors, investigators, CBI facilitators informed of when mentees will be around

7. To report any concerns or difficulties to the program coordinators

Mentee Responsibilities

1. To be willing and eager to learn and ask questions

2. To always maintain a respectful mentor-mentee relationship

3. To report any concerns or difficulties to the program coordinator

Mentor Training Requirements

1. To attend the Mentorship Training at the start of the program

2. To provide feedback to the program coordinator regarding program improvements

Mentee Training Requirements

1. To attend the Mentorship Training at the start of the program

2. To provide feedback to the program coordinator regarding program improvements

Program Policies

  1. Mentor-Mentee Meetings:
    1. Mentors are not allowed to provide any form of transportation for mentees.
    2. Individual mentor-mentee meetings MUST OCCUR at public locations. If mentors or mentees are uncomfortable with a certain public space, accommodations must be made to find another public location.
  2. Any interactions between mentors and mentees DO NOT constitute medical advice/training/instruction. Any clinical activities performed in MSMP DO NOT constitute any medical training, and high school students are not trained to perform any medical procedures as a part of the program.

Program Leadership

Program E-mail:

JoAnn Nam, MS2

Student Mentorship Program CHIP Leader

As future physicians, we have both looked to mentors many times throughout our pre-medical endeavors for advice and guidance regarding our career paths. We hope to provide high school students with the same resources we were fortunate enough to receive as aspiring professionals. This program offers a unique opportunity for medical students to share their ongoing education experiences and for high school students to gain a clear understanding of life as a medical student.

1. To pair of Arizona high school students with medical students at UACOM-P to enable exposure to medical school and medicine

2. To provide professional advice to students wanting to pursue a career in medicine

3. To support, encourage, and empower Arizonans in their pursuit of higher degrees- specifically, a medical degree, if interested

4. To foster the growth of long-lasting and rewarding relationships between the mentor and mentee

5. To evaluate program efficacy and impact on both high school and medical students