Medical Student Mentorship Program
Mentor: A wise and faithful counselor or monitor; a teacher or instructor.
Purpose: Medical students believe that their medical training would be greatly enhanced if they could connect with an actively practicing physician to serve as a mentor. It is their desire to foster working relationships with physicians to give them exposure to and observe the work of physicians. Mentor relationships could be as simple as talking on the phone or exchanging e-mails/texts, or it could develop into opportunities for shadowing experiences.
The IMS Medical Student Mentorship Program will by design be informal, but would appreciate the participants following these guidelines.
Expectations of Medical Students:
- Be respectful of the physician's time-limit your phone calls to no more than 20 minutes on the phone, or have multiple e-mail threads, text messages, etc. (at least initially). Your mentor will let you know if they have more time to give you.
- It is suggested that student contacts/questions/inquiries to mentors should be kept to about 1 per month unless the physician mutually agrees to more frequent contacts.
- Your mentor is a source for answers to some of the questions on your mind. Students should feel free to ask questions about the practice of medicine to enhance your knowledge base, and help guide them in the pre-clinical years. But be cautious about getting too specific on some information-exact salaries, bonuses, etc.
- It is acceptable for medical students to engage with more than one mentor. This may be beneficial if they have narrowed down their choice of specialty to two or three fields, and believe a mentor might lead them to the specialty that best fits their needs.
For more information, or if you would like to become a mentor please contact:
1001 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50265
MentorsExpectation of Mentors [+/-]
|Click on physician's name for more information.|
|Gregory P. Neyman, MD||General Practice|
|Stuart J. Kolner, MD||Dermatology||Ames||515-239-4492|
|Donald L. Skinner, Jr., MD||Family Medicine||Ames||515-663-4892|
|Jamie A. Weydert, MD||Pathology (Anatomical/Clinical)||Ames||515-239-4448|
|Bethel G. Kopp, MD||Internal Medicine||Corning||641-322-5245|
|Jeffrey D. Anderson, MD||Anesthesiology||Des Moines||515-241-5722|
|James H. Bartlett, MD||Anesthesiology||Des Moines||515-283-0463|
|Louis De Wild, MD||Anesthesiology||Des Moines||515-241-5722|
|Kathleen M. Massop, MD||Obstetrics and Gynecology||Des Moines||515-241-4161|
|Lawrence R. Hutchison, MD||Family Medicine||Dubuque||563-557-5900|
|John C. Moore, MD||Allergy and Immunology||Dubuque||563-584-4100|
|Michael H. Scott, MD||Ophthalmology||Dubuque||563-584-4100|
|Dale P. Nystrom, MD||Family Medicine||Hawarden||712-551-3400|
|Jeanette A. Harrington, MD||Anesthesiology||Iowa City||319-356-2633|
|Robert A. Lee, MD||Family Medicine||Johnston||515-402-2829|
|Ronda Dennis-Smithart, MD||Pediatrics||Oskaloosa||641-673-7537|
|Thomas E. Benzoni, DO||Emergency Medicine||Sioux City|
|Leah M. Johnson, MD||Family Medicine||Sioux City||712-294-5000|
|Alexander Pruitt, MD||Orthopedic Surgery||Spencer||712-580-2022|
|Michael L. Deters, MD||Internal Medicine||Waterloo||319-272-2002|
|Robert D. Foster, MD||Orthopedic Surgery||West Burlington||319-768-3320|
|Michael J. Mc Coy, MD||Obstetrics and Gynecology||West Burlington||319-768-2750|
|Christopher L. Haupert, MD||Ophthalmology||West Des Moines||515-222-6400|
|Douglas W. Massop, MD||Vascular Surgery||West Des Moines||515-875-9090|