ACLP Trainee Mentorship Program

The goal of the ACLP Trainee Mentorship Program is to offer guidance and additional support to psychiatry trainees (residents and fellows) interested in consultation-liaison psychiatry. With the field of C-L psychiatry expanding beyond inpatient consultation work, psychiatry residents and, at times CLP fellows, do not always have access or exposure to the multitude of CLP subspecialties and models of care. The ACLP Trainee Mentorship Program aims to connect psychiatry residents with CLP specialists in order to enhance their medical knowledge and assist with career choices.

How to Apply

The ACLP Trainee Mentorship Program is facilitated by the ACLP Resident Education Subcommittee. Trainee ACLP members are invited to apply for the program by July 15. Based on their interest and location, applicants will be matched with a mentor from the ACLP mentorship database. Mentor/mentee pairs will be notified of the match by August 15. At the end of the year, mentors and mentees will be asked to complete a follow-up survey and will be acknowledged during the ACLP annual meeting in November.

To apply, submit the application form by July 15.

Expectations

What is the mentee expected to do?

The mentee is responsible for making initial contact with the mentor and to participate in four encounters as agreed upon with the mentor. The mentee must use the time with the mentor productively. The mentee will encouraged to join ACLP as an in-training member.

What is the mentor expected to do?

Mentors are expected to provide their mentee with a minimum of four encounters per year (via phone, internet such as Skype, or in person if agreed upon by both parties). Mentors should work with their mentee to determine what kind of support will be most useful. Examples of topics for mentorship:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long will the commitment be?
We ask our mentors and mentees to make commitments of at least one year in order to ensure that the mentee is able to fully benefit from the relationship. If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month’s notice in order to search for a replacement mentor with similar background. If a mentee also has to leave the program early, we ask to be notified in order for us to assess potential for improvement for the mentorship.

Is the mentor taking the role of a clinical supervisor?
No. Clinical questions may be discussed during mentorship; however, residents must be aware that the mentor does not replace clinical supervision. Even if the mentee brings in information obtained during mentorship into his/her clinical work, all clinical decisions must be made by the mentee with his or her program supervisors.

Relationship is not going well or I am concerned about mentorship. What to do?
We encourage the mentors/mentees to discuss directly the situation. If no solution is agreed upon, please contact the ACLP Resident Education Subcommittee immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.

Is the content of the mentorship encounter confidential?
Mentors and mentees are encouraged to maintain patient confidentiality as usual. Countertransference issues, personal life, and interactions with peers may become a part of the discussions during mentorship. We encourage mentors and mentees to clarify and agree upon the issues that should remain confidential. However, mentorship does not substitute psychotherapy and does not have the same confidentiality rules.

For any questions, please contact the ACLP Resident Education Subcommittee (paula.zimbrean@yale.edu).

Suggestion for Mentorship Meetings Structure

Meeting 1 Meeting 2 Meeting 3 Meeting 4
Get acquainted.

Mentor to discuss what he/she does and why they chose CLP.

Discuss the trainee interest in CLP.

Identify 1-3 topics for the next few sessions; plan what the mentee will prepare for the next session.

Check in on how things have been going so far in training in general.

Follow up on the topic decided at Meeting 1.

Decide the topic for Meeting 3.

Check on how things have been going so far in training in general.

Follow up on the topic decided at Meetings 1 and 2.

Reflect on how the training year went.

Prepare for transition to next year of training, pursuing or not the field of CLP.

Discuss ways to explore CLP in the future (e.g., fellowship, ACLP annual meeting).

Helpful ACLP Links for Residents

Resources for Mentors

Cohen J, Kassam A: Mentorship for residents in psychiatry: a competency-based medical education perspective with career counseling tools.
Acad Psychiatry 2016; 40(3):441-447
doi: 10.1007/s40596-014-0248-y

Azzam P, Gopalan P, Fricchione G: The early-career consultation psychiatrist: the give and take of mentorship.
Psychosomatics 2014;; 55(1):105-106
doi: 10.1016/j.psym.2013.05.012

Coverdale JH, Balon R, Roberts LW: Which educational programs promote the success of international medical graduates in psychiatry training?
Acad Psychiatry 2012; 36(4):263-267
doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.12050098

Dutta R, Hawkes SL, Kuipers E, Guest D, Fear NT, Iversen AC: One year outcomes of a mentoring scheme for female academics: a pilot study at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.
BMC Med Educ 2011; 11:13
doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-11-13

Detsky AS, Baerlocher MO: Academic mentoring–how to give it and how to get it.
JAMA 2007; 297(19):2134-2136
doi: 10.1001/jama.297.19.2134