AOA iLEARN Mentor Exchange Program
The goal of the AOA Mentor Exchange program is to establish a mechanism for members of the osteopathic family to obtain guidance and coaching through the creation of a mentor relationship. A mentor relationship is a process whereby a mentor and mentee work together to discover and develop the necessary tools for a mentee to become an active and practicing member of the osteopathic medical community. This special relationship is a fundamental form of human development where one person invests time, energy, and personal know-how in assisting the growth and ability of another person.
NOTE: The Mentor Exchange Program requires an email address to create a profile.
BEING INVOLVED IN MENTORING IS A PRIVILEGE
FOR BOTH THE MENTOR AND THE MENTEE
Mentors are special people. Through their deeds and work, mentors help their mentees move toward fulfilling his or her full potential and goals. Mentees will experience the benefits of mentoring by assuming ownership of all that their mentors offer. Whether you opt to be a mentor, mentee or both, you will only need to create one profile to sign up.
As a mentor you are prompted to indicate your areas of expertise and in what capacity you would be willing to mentor (email, phone, face-to-face, etc.). This information is added to the AOA Mentor Database.
As a mentee you choose your areas of interest and how you would like to be mentored (email, phone, face-to-face, etc.). You are then able to search the mentor database for a mentor who matches your specific criteria. Upon choosing a potential mentor, you have the option of including a personalized note of introduction. The introduction can include questions or items of interest you would like the potential mentor to know about you.
Mentors are notified when a mentee has selected their profile. It is the responsibility of the mentor to make the initial contact within two weeks of receiving notification in order to establish a relationship. The AOA will be notified once a mentor relationship is initiated.
The AOA Mentor Exchange web pages were developed to provide a vehicle for DOs to offer their guidance and wisdom; and for student doctors, interns, residents and DOs who are seeking a mentor to benefit from their knowledge and experience. If you have any difficulty or have questions, refer to the FAQs. If you continue to experience difficulty, please contact us at iLEARN@osteopathic.org
or dial (800) 621-1773, ext. 8143.