Medi-Gators Mentorship Program

October 6th, 2022 – April 7th, 2023

What is the Medi-Gators Mentorship Program?

Our mentorship program intends to connect undergraduates, health professional students (medical, PA, nursing, dental, etc.), and healthcare professionals from similar backgrounds and with similar interests. The goal of this program is to contribute to a more successful and equitable health career pipeline by bringing students and professionals together to support one another and to provide guidance, foster insight, encourage growth, and empower.

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Who is in a Mentorship Group?

1 healthcare professional
1 health professional student pursuing a similar career
2-3 undergraduate students interested in the careers of the professional and the student
Example: 1 neurologist, 1 medical student interested in neurology, 2-3 undergraduate students interested in neurology

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Monthly Meetings


The program will take place over 6 months, with an estimated time commitment of 3-4 hours per month. Our team will provide your group with monthly discussion topics to initiate intentional conversation. Your group will be expected to discuss these topics in addition to planning and executing your project (as detailed below).
Monthly meeting times will be coordinated by your group based on availability and your intended schedule will be shared with the Medi-Gators team to help us follow-up with you. We highly recommend and encourage you to attend your monthly meetings in-person to foster stronger relationships; however, you can meet via zoom if needed. Students will be asked to fill out brief minutes (< 5mins) to record the contents of the meeting for Medi-Gators staff review.

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Structure

Mentorship Program Structure

To facilitate relationships among group members and give everyone an opportunity to pursue a professional development project, we are asking each group to work toward solving a problem related to any aspect of healthcare, health education, or healthcare access. You do not need to cure cancer or end all health disparities (though, be our guest!). Here are some suggestions for possible projects: Work on a research project guided by your healthcare professional; Organize a community outreach event; Develop a curriculum or session to educate students on a topic of interest; Identify a patient care issue in a UF health facility and create a solution; Create a pamphlet to simplify health information for patient understanding; Start an initiative to improve healthcare access for an under-served population

First (October) and Last (April) Monthly Meetings

All Mentor-Mentee groups in the Mentorship Program will meet together in-person for the first and last monthly meeting. The first meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 6th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in-person (meeting location TBA). This first meeting is when you will meet your Mentor-Mentee group members. 

The last meeting (date/time/location TBA) will take place at the culmination of the program where each group will briefly (<5 min) present their project and any results/outcomes. 

Mentorship Awards

In April, at the end of the 6-month program, you all will be invited to a Medi-Gators Banquet during which the most impactful mentorship groups will be awarded for their project.

Have questions about the Medi-Gators Mentorship Program? Reach out to the Mentorship Co-Chairs and our team at medigators@health.ufl.edu.

Please Note

The application will close on September 23rd at 11:59pm.