Mentoring is a formative approach to ensuring a vibrant and successful psychiatry career. CPA’s mentorship program fosters growth and leadership in the next generation of psychiatry and creates opportunities for excellence in training and career advancement. The program provides competencies that will prove valuable to many aspects of a mentee’s career, including the opportunity to hone and develop skills to become a successful mentor in the future.
Eligible CPA members are invited to complete the relevant application below.
What to Expect
Mentors are an essential resources for advice and guidance about topics outside the regular academic curriculum. They offer experience and leadership skills to help residents and medical students develop a successful psychiatry career.
Mentees receive one-to-one guidance from mentors sharing mutual professional interests within their area of expertise. Residents and medical students will learn to identify unique opportunities, develop clinical, academic and life skills, cultivate leadership, and expand their professional network.
In the initial meeting, mentor-mentee pairs will develop two or three goals based on school program, research, committee work, or other professional goals. From there, participants will learn to identify unique opportunities, develop clinical, academic and life skills, cultivate leadership, and expand their professional network. The commitment is for one year with a minimum of four meetings, which can occur at the CPA annual conference, in person, virtually or by telephone.
Mentees gain vital guidance, experience and knowledge while our mentors contribute to the development of future leaders. The program provides:
- One-on-one guidance
- Collaboration in successful CPA submissions
- Identification of potential CPA committee work and group projects
Participate in the mentoring program through a minimum of four meetings over a one-year period:
- Connect and arrange to meet within one week of receiving a mentorship match
- Collaborate in the development of two or three mentorship goals
- Provide feedback to CPA to help further develop the mentorship program
CPA’s mentor program staff provide support by:
- Matching mentors and mentees based on mutual professional interest and facilitating goal setting
- Providing resources on how to be an effective mentor or mentee
- Evaluating the success of the program to ensure that matches are effective and enjoyable
With thanks to the American Psychiatric Association for sharing mentoring resources with CPA.