The Kennedy-Hopkins Scholars Mentor Program is dedicated to improving the experience of underrepresented minority (URM) residents and fellows of Wake Forest School of Medicine through mentoring relationships. Minority residents and fellows benefit from having a program designed specifically to help them navigate and thrive in their medical training by pairing them with a self-selected faculty mentor. By definition a mentor provides advice and guidance, and we believe the long-term success of URM residents and fellows can be positively impacted by this kind of investment. Through formal mentoring relationships, we aim to strengthen the support systems for URM residents and fellows, facilitate opportunities to build community and ensure that they feel valued through their experiences at Wake Forest. 

The program was developed to address a gap in support for underrepresented minorities in residency and fellowship programs at the School of Medicine. In addition to improving the experiences of URM residents and fellows, the Kennedy-Hopkins Program has evolved into a mechanism to recruit and retain underrepresented minority residents, fellows and staff by exploring the power that relationships can have in the careers of medical professionals.

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If you’d like to support the growth of inclusion and diversity at Wake Forest School of Medicine, consider making a financial contribution to the Kennedy-Hopkins Scholars Mentorship Program. Make a difference by donating today. On the donation page, look for “Graduate Medical Education: Charlie L. Kennedy, MD and Lawrence D. Hopkins, MD Fund for Graduate Medical Education.”

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