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.
AGS Annual Meeting Mentor Program
The AGS Annual Meeting Mentor 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 one-on-one 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 2018, there were over 80 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.
The 2020 AGS Annual Meeting was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however all program applicants received mentor matches to pursue virtual mentoring.
NEW in 2021: The MyAGSOnline Virtual Mentor Program
In addition to the Annual Meeting Mentor Program, AGS is launching a virtual mentor program for members, exclusively found on MyAGSOnline. The program will benefit those who are unable to attend the annual meeting, and also facilitate communication that extends beyond the meeting and occurs year-round.
Members will be alerted once this program is available. Stay tuned for virtual mentorship opportunities coming soon!