Overview of the AAP Mentorship Program 

Mentorship is one of the most important tools for professional development and has been linked to greater productivity, career advancement, and professional satisfaction. The AAP recognizes that mentorship is critical in helping to nurture and grow future leaders and that a mentorship program is a key opportunity to engage new and existing members. The AAP Mentorship Program seeks to establish mentoring relationships between trainees/early career physicians and practicing AAP member physicians.

What are the goals?

The AAP Mentorship Program aims to promote AAP career and leadership development. Physician mentors will have opportunities to further develop leadership skills and learn about emerging trends from the next generation of their peers. Physician mentees will gain a trusted advisor and learn methods to enhance career advancement. All parties will form professional relationships and share advocacy, professional, and research interests.

How does it work? 

Participants will complete an online mentor/mentee profile form. The profile form collects information on education, training, subspecialty interests, practice/professional/clinical interests, and the amount of time the participant is willing to commit; these factors all facilitate the matching process. Mentor/mentee pairs will have the ability to meet traditionally in person (if they choose a local match) or use one of several online tools to meet virtually.

What is the time commitment?

Mentors are asked to commit at least one full academic year. However, the program offers opportunities for short-term "flash" mentoring. Mentors/mentees will be asked to set regular phone meetings to discuss mentee goals, objectives, and progress. Mentors/mentees should also answer all communications in a timely manner.

Who can participate?

All national AAP members in good standing are invited to participate. Click here for information about how to become a member or renew your membership.

Access the AAP Mentorship Program. 

You'll be asked to sign in with your AAP login and password. You can sign up to be a mentor, mentee or both, as well as short-term or flash mentoring. 


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