The University of Rochester Greene Center for Career Education & Connections offers excellent general professional advice. On their website you can browse resources on topics, including:
- Resume & CVs
- Cover letters
- Personal statements
- Interview prep
The Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) offers Useful Resources for Students underrepresented in medicine.
Tips for Mentees
Mentorship and interaction with physicians are well-cited reasons that students who identify with backgrounds underrepresented in medicine complete their pre-med programs and gain acceptance to medical school. Mentorship can give us the guidance, confidence, and even opportunities that we need to be successful in whatever it is that we choose. In order to be a good mentee, there are a few things you should do:
"Know what you want and ask for it, people will be super receptive."
~Medical student mentee
- Drive the relationship. As the mentee, you should seek out your mentor. Oftentimes, mentees feel like they need to wait for the mentor to reach out to them, but in actuality, our mentors are often incredibly busy people. If we do not drive the relationship, we may remain at the bottom of our mentors’ to-do list as they are being pulled in many directions by their other responsibilities, or they might even think we are uninterested. Importantly, there is no cookie cutter mold of mentorship. Mentor/mentee relationships can take on various forms, from super involved to hands-off.
- Make your desires known when meeting with your mentor. When meeting with your mentor, be honest and open — these individuals are able to help you in ways that you probably aren’t even aware of, but they can’t point you in the right direction without a map of what you’re looking for. Keep in mind that these incredible mentors have desires for their mentor/mentee relationships and likely have mentored students before us. If they tell you something, I encourage you to listen with open ears.
- Have realistic expectations. It is unreasonable to think that your mentor will meet weekly or answer your emails immediately. Although we often look to our mentors as superheroes, we must remember that they are just people. Our mentors have jobs, families, and other passions that demand their time. Be conscious of that.
- Make sure you are prepared. When you are able to meet with your mentor, be prepared. For example, if you want to speak with them about the MCAT, make sure that you have researched the components of the MCAT prior so that you are not going in empty handed.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This applies to all interactions with your mentor. As a high school or undergraduate student, you aren’t expected to know much. If you are preparing to shadow your mentor, don’t be shy about asking about the dress code. When shadowing, don’t be shy to ask what a particular medical term means (as a medical student, I still ask a lot of questions). It is important to know when the right time to ask questions is. For example, if your mentor seems particularly busy, write down your questions and ask them when things have calmed down a bit.
- Be open to feedback. Sometimes, our mentors will give us feedback that we aren’t expecting. Be assured that that person is trying to help with feedback, not hurt you. It will make you better.
- And lastly, show gratitude to your mentors. Let them know that you appreciate their support along the way.
MD Candidate | Class of 2023 | University of Rochester
"[My mentor] always made sure that I understood what was the procedure that was being performed in the OR, always provided me the relevant background information, and was very friendly and approachable."