The AGS offers opportunities for trainees and junior faculty to connect with active members of the AGS who serve as mentors. AGS mentors offer invaluable advice concerning educational and career choices. Mentoring relationships can be particularly important for healthcare trainees, who are presented with a wide array of options that help determine the focus of their careers.
The One-on-One AGS Mentoring Program matches students, residents and junior faculty with senior geriatrics faculty from across the country. The program mentees have the opportunity to meet with mentors during the AGS Annual Meeting and discuss such topics as starting an academic career, locating research funding, learning more about geriatric practice and administration, and balancing career demands with a successful family life.
At the AGS Annual Meeting in 2013, there were over 75 mentees who participated in the program, including medical students interested in the field of geriatrics, residents interested in geriatric fellowships, geriatric fellows contemplating specific research questions and also career advice and junior faculty members interested in mentorship in further career development and advice. Mentors who have participated included experienced geriatric practitioners, administrators, faculty members in divisions of geriatrics who are clinician educators, researchers and experts in specific areas in the field of geriatrics.