As part of your LEND experience, trainees develop a relationship with the UAA faculty member in their discipline. LEND Faculty Mentors facilitate trainees as they participate and reflect through their experiences in LEND. Mentors help craft the trainee’s goals and their Individual Leadership and Training Plan (ILTP).
Benefits of being in a mentoring relationship
- Accelerate personal and professional leadership skills development
- Access to expertise and advice
- Problem solving partner
Meeting with Faculty Mentor (in person, by phone or Skype)
These are examples of the kinds of meetings trainees have with their faculty mentors:
- Initial meeting: Discuss areas of strength and areas of growth given the results of the MCH Self-Assessment. Discuss goals for LEND and brainstorm about the ILTP. Decide how often to meet and check in, and decide how to check in.
- Regular meetings: At a frequency the trainee and their mentor decide, check in on the following:
- How things are progressing related to trainee’s ILTP.
- Trainee’s recent clinical/field experiences and upcoming activities.
- Progress on trainee’s leadership project.
- Any other questions or concerns.
- Problem solving meetings: The mentor is a resource when trainees need support related to what they are learning in LEND.
- End of program: Trainees meet with their mentors to discuss the results of the end of program MCH Self-Assessment. They discuss of their goals for LEND were met and what their next steps in career and leadership are.