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Sunday, February 26 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
(DEER VALLEY) First-Generation Mentorship Program for Graduate Students: Transitioning for Success

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Abstract Body: Stanford has a history of supporting the undergraduate education of first-generation and low-income students. Services were recently extended to first-generation graduate students in the medical school who can face similar issues (feelings of isolation, Imposter Syndrome, do not fit into the School’s culture). During this small group discussion, the presenters will describe the genesis of the Stanford Medicine First Generation Mentorship program, outcomes of its first year, and engage session participants about their schools’ strategies to support first-generation medical and biosciences students. Learning Objectives Identify characteristics of first-generation students that are unique to the medical student population Describe Stanford Medicine’s program and recruitment and assignment process of students and mentors Discuss the benefits and challenges of formalizing a mentorship program for first-generation graduate students Consider approaches and strategies used by other schools to support first-generation medical students Methods This small group discussion will focus on determining the programmatic needs of first-generation graduate students and fostering collaborations with other offices to support staffing and funding of programs. The session will begin with a brief 15-minute presentation describing the first-generation community at Stanford and the mentorship program During the next 20-minute interactive block, small groups of participants will work through case scenarios to assess students’ needs, identify existing school resources, determine opportunities for programming directed at first-generation students, and brainstorm considerations for mentor recruitment and engagement The session will close with a 10-minute large group debriefing of the case scenarios and discussion of strategies employed at other schools to support first-generation medical students Intended Outcomes Describe characteristics of first-generation graduate students that affect their academic performance and adjustment to the culture of medicine Identify strategies for utilizing existing resources and partnering with other offices to support programming (Including learning how other schools support first-generation medical students) Target Audience Evaluation results from the pilot year demonstrate that Stanford Medicines’ students have an increased sense of belonging and encouragement as a result of participating in the first-generation mentoring program. Our target audience includes faculty or staff members with a stake in medical student success including members of student affairs, academic advising, wellness, admissions, alumni associations, and pipeline programs. 

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avatar for Mijiza M. Sanchez, MPA, EdD

Mijiza M. Sanchez, MPA, EdD

Associate Dean of Medical Student Affairs, Stanford Medicine


Sunday February 26, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm
DEER VALLEY

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