Boosting MENTORS

The workforce of physician scientists, particularly in positions of senior leadership, persistently fails to reflect the diversity seen in both the general population and in medical school. This gap exists despite efforts to increase the representation of both women and historically under-represented minorities in medicine. While some advances have been made, female representation in senior faculty positions and department chair positions lags behind male counterparts. Only 40% of clinical faculty are female which decreases with increasing seniority, with only 22% of full professors being women. Furthermore, women hold only 13.7% of chair positions of clinical departments due to lower faculty retention and promotion of female faculty.
As part of a larger research study, the goal of Boosting MENTORS is to help diversify the pool of physician scientists. This activity will allow mentors of medical students to increase their own potential impact through mentor training and bolster their skills as mentors.
Learn more at the Boosting MENTORS website!
This activity consists of 9 modules that must be completed to earn credit. Each module will take say on average approximately 10-20 minutes to complete depending on engagement to complete and consists of video education, quiz questions, and self-reflection. It can be completed over multiple days prior to September 1, 2021.

Funding: Boosting MENTORS is funded by the NIH through the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), which is a part of the Diversity Program Consortium (DPC).

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians providing research mentorship to medical students who are women or non-binary or are a part of underrepresented groups in medicine (Black or African-American, Hispanic, Latino or of Spanish Origin, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander).

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the importance and benefits of being a mentor;
  • Recognize strategies and resources to enhance communication between mentors and mentees;
  • Identify methods of initiating expectation conversations;
  • Discuss techniques to enhance the assessment of a mentee;
  • Choose solutions to common challenges faced by students of diverse backgrounds;
  • List strategies to fuel independence in mentees;
  • Recall strategies for guiding mentees through professional development;
  • Define criteria and guidelines for authorship;
  • Construct a personal mentoring philosophy.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Boosting MENTORS
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
(773) 834-9788 x49788
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.00 Participation
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
  Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP
  Herbert T. Abelson Professor of Medicine
  Assistant Dean for Scholarship and Discovery
  Associate Chief, Medical Officer for Clinical Learning Environment
  Rachel Wolfson, MD
  Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  Co-Director, Scholarship and Discovery for Pritzker School of Medicine

Aviva Klein, BA  Aviva Klein, BA
  Project Manager


Selected Publications & Additional Resources
View a partial list of Dr. Arora's and Dr. Wolfson's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.

Additional references for further study will be provided in the individual modules.
Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other Healthcare Professional Credit
Other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.
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This online educational activity (enduring material) is designed to be completed within the time designated. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period. To receive a certificate, the participant must watch the complete video presentation, correctly answering all quiz questions and complete the required self-reflections. The activity can be accessed by simply clicking "Complete Activity" and watching the video presentations. Upon successful completion, the participant will receive credit and save or print their certificate.
Physicians are eligible to receive continuing education credit applicable to their profession. All other participants will receive a certificate indicating participation in this AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™-approved activity. For information on the applicability and acceptance of certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.
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The information presented in this activity is for continuing medical education purposes only. The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, the University of Chicago Medicine, or the Department/Section.

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