Mentorship abounds in the Yale Internal Medicine Residency, Traditional Program. General mentorship is available from the Program Director, Mark Siegel, MD, and Associate Program Directors (APDs), Drs. Matthew Grant, Paul Bernstein, Mahalia Desruisseaux, Isabel Bazan, Shaili Gupta, Benjamin Rodwin, and Cynthia Frary McNamara. While these members of program leadership are each available to provide mentorship to all residents, each resident is assigned to a particular APD mentor who specifically meets with and gets to know them. APD mentors help with goal setting, performance review, and feedback. They also help residents connect with research and clinical mentors and provide information and guidance about our many Distinction Pathways.
The MAC Program
A unique and more personal type of mentorship provide by the Yale Internal Medicine Residency is The Mentor/Advisor/Coach (MAC) Program developed by Dr. Cynthia Frary McNamara. At the beginning of the intern year, every resident in the Categorical or ABIM Physician-Scientist Track is assigned to a faculty MAC mentor with whom they will meet in a non-evaluative capacity for the entirety of their time in the Residency Program. The purpose of the MAC Program is to give our residents a special member of the faculty they can easily access to help with career decisions, to get advice about life and medicine, and to provide a safe space outside of the program leadership to discuss concerns, share ups and downs, and ponder goals and life choices.
The MAC Program has been extremely successful. Most of our residents have formed strong bonds with their MACs that have proven to be enormously helpful as they navigate their residencies. As a result, residents have felt supported, and MACS have had the opportunity experience the camaraderie and companionship found in working with trainees. MACS who have several resident mentees in different levels of training may occasionally augment their individual meetings by meeting in a group with all mentees, if all agree, providing a small community and support network for each mentee. Meetings usually take place when the residents are rotating through their clinic block, as they have fewer clinical responsibilities and more control over their time during that rotation.