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Mentorship Initiative for Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI)

Purpose

MIDI is a structured sponsorship and mentorship initiative designed to meet the needs and experiences of trainees with diverse backgrounds, including individuals who are underrepresented in medicine and those who are socially, economically, or educationally disadvantaged

 

Overview

Our aim is to promote a collaborative model of mentorship that provides culturally-informed education, interactive training and social support jointly to mentors and mentees. We want to provide a safe space for faculty and trainees to understand and discuss issues relevant to diversity. We help faculty and trainees gain experience in cultural humility and prepare participants to address challenging professional situations and conversations.

For our purposes, we will define diversity as related but not limited to age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, ethnicity, and gender. We welcome faculty, residents, and fellows of all identities and lived experiences.

 

Goals

  • Illuminate the role of culture in the mentor-mentee relationship
  • Prepare mentors to engage in conversations around culture and diversity
  • Create a supportive workplace to better navigate such conversations
  • Build a network of peers with mutual interests, concerns and questions around incorporating issues of diversity into academic medicine
  • Enhance mentees workplace satisfaction, feelings of relatedness and level of comfort in academic medicine

     

Structure

  • One year longitudinal mentorship program conducted virtually
  • Free delivered dinner at home during physically distanced & socially connected group meetings
  • Opportunity for faculty members to receive CME credit for involvement
  • Monthly meetings for 3 months, then bimonthly for the rest of the year
  • Meetings usually held on the first Tuesday of each month from 7-8PM. Tentative Schedule: 7/12/22, 8/2/22, 9/6/22, 11/8/22, 1/10/23, 3/7/23, 5/2/23
  • Monthly meetings between mentors and mentees
  • Physically distanced & socially connected mentorship dinners
  • Collaborative case based discussions and interactive didactics

Become a Mentor or Mentee

Application opens: April 28, 2022
Application deadline: June 1, 2022
First meeting: July 12, 2022

An educational stipend of $500 will be made available for all participants

Contact us at midistanford@gmail.com

Meet the Team

Leadership Support

Catherine Shir, PGY3
Selma Tanovic, PGY2
Former: Samuel Saenz

Max Kasun
Kyle McKinley

Advisor
Dr. Wen Feng
Former: Dr. Belinda Bandstra

Special thanks to Dr. Isela Pardo, who originated this initiative and brought it to fruition.