Coaching, Career Advising, and Mentoring

At the University of North Carolina, we pride ourselves in our collegiality and shared mission. This makes the process of coaching, career advising, and mentoring one that can be individualized to meet each resident’s personal and professional needs.

All interns are encouraged to participate in our individualized coaching program. Interns are paired with a faculty member who has been trained in positive coaching techniques. All interns and residents meet at least twice a year directly with the Program Director and discuss evaluations and feedback, progress with the milestones, and career direction.

A new professional development curriculum includes individualized coaching, instruction in teaching and leading presentations, guidance in creating and submitting abstracts and poster presentations, and feedback on morning report and other educational presentations that our residents are expected to make. At the end of intern year, all of our first year residents participate in a day long leadership conference with small group activities that prepare them for being an upper level resident – topics include working with the struggling learner, teaching medical students and giving feedback, developing communication skills as a team leader, and leading bedside rounds.

For career development, interns are guided to outline their career goals and aspirations during their meetings with programmatic leadership and directed to specific faculty with shared interests. Interns and residents meet with the director for the Physician Scientist Program and the Associate Program Director for the Medicine Residency program to identify research projects that meet the interests and needs of the resident. Residents are also encouraged and welcomed to directly contact faculty, taking full advantage of the spirit of UNC’s collegiality.

Residents entering fellowships meet with the fellowship program directors and are also steered toward other specific faculty based upon their individual goals and interests. Residents all receive assistance and feedback on their CVs and personal statements, and those entering fellowships such as gastroenterology can participate in “mock interviews” prior to fellowship interview season. Career exploration electives available to residents include rotations in private practice clinics in the area as well as hospital medicine in which residents are able to work directly with faculty and learn more about quality improvement and hospital administration.

Mentorship requires a relationship. The professional development curriculum includes instruction about being a mentee, identifying mentors, and working within the mentor-mentee relationship. During frequent meetings with leadership, including the Program Director, Associate Program Directors, Chief Residents, and even the Chair of our Department, we will work hard to identify your individual career needs and will work to help pair you with future mentors early in your training.

This personalized approach to coaching, career advising, and mentoring has led to continued success as our residents pursue a diverse array of careers.