PBCMS Pre-Med Mentor Program
The Medical Society is looking for volunteer physician mentors to match up with interested premed students. The program is designed to fill a need for "clinical shadowing" experiences for students. These exposures to clinical medicine have become increasingly important in the evaluation of medical school applications. While enhancing the student experience the program enables physicians to mentor future medical students by exposing them to the physician's practice on a flexible schedule that best meets the physician's goals and time commitments.
The Medical Society serves an infrastructure role by creating an online contact list where interested students and physicians in a variety of specialties can get together.
To be successful, we must first start with a list of physician volunteers. The Society is compiling an online registry of interested physicians. Once we have a significant number of physicians on board we will notify local, regional and national university pre-professional services about the mentoring registry. It is anticipated that students will then contact prospective mentors. Shadowing/mentoring experiences will be worked out on an individual basis. Some may be brief and others more intense and of longer duration. At physician discretion interaction may occur in an office, clinic or other facility i.e. your office, endoscopy center, dialysis unit, inpatient setting or whatever best meets mutual needs. We believe that this program will be of value to all involved and will fill a need recognized by students, pre professional programs and members of the Society.
Students meeting those criteria should follow these steps:
1.The physicians who are interested in participating are listed below. You will contact the physician at his office or home if retired volunteering at a clinic. Discuss preferences regarding time commitment, availability and goals for your shadowing experience. This will vary based on your schedule, interests and needs. The program is designed to be flexible.
2. Be cognizant that individual physicians may not be available during certain weeks or months or at specific times to accommodate your schedule. However, with some initiative, we hope that you will be able to observe clinical situations with experienced physicians to help you in the decision making process as you move forward through the application process. Admission committees take clinical shadowing experiences seriously and we want to be able to provide quality opportunities to you in Palm Beach County.
3. If you do not get a response from your inquiry please contact another physician but also let our office know so we can follow up.
4. It is expected that you will behave and dress in a professional manner at all times. This includes compliance with strict confidentiality requirements. Specifics will be determined by your mentor and will be augmented by policies at any institutions where you encounter patients.
5. At the conclusion of your shadowing experience, whether it is for one day, once a week for a month, daily over a vacation break or ongoing for a much longer period, we will ask you to complete a brief evaluation so that we can continue our performance improvement processes.
We wish you the best as you pursue a career in our profession. It is our pleasure as physicians to help prepare the next generation. We trust that this program will be of value to you.
For more information or if you are having any problem accessing information please contact Deanna Lessard, Director of Member Services 433-3940 ext 28 or email email@example.com
Thank you for your support for the furthering of medical education in Palm Beach County and the programs of your Medical Society.
Ronald Zelnick, MD
Colon and Rectal Surgery
210 Jupiter Lakes Blvd., Suite 3105
Jupiter, FL 33458
Lewis Green, MD (retired)
Beth Lesnikoski, MD
5301 S. Congress Avenue, 4th Floor
Atlantis, FL 33462
Steve Reznick, MD
7280 W. Palmetto Park Road, Suite 205N
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Andrew Shapiro, MD
1447 Medical Park Blvd #407
Wellington, FL 33414
K. Andrew Larson, MD
4671 S. Congress Ave., Suite 101
Lake Worth, FL 33461
Jack Zeltzer, MD
1397 Medical Park Blvd., Suite 100
Wellington, FL 33414
Harish Madhav MD, MPH, FACOG
Obstetrics and Gynecology
2226 SE 2nd Street
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Casandra I. Mateo, MD
140 JFK Drive
Atlantis, FL 33462
Stefan Pasternack, MD
950 Peninsula Corporate Circle, Suite 2004
We are always striving to improve our program and would appreciate your feedback. Please take a few minutes to tell us about your mentorship experience.
Did we meet your expectations?
How can we improve?
What did you like best about the experience?
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to Deanna Lessard (561) 433-2385