Thank you for your interest in the Underserved Pathway! Mentorship is a key element for students participating in the Underserved Pathway.

The mentorship program is a longitudinal relationship to help support students’ commitment to a career caring for underserved populations. Mentoring provides students the opportunity to learn from an experienced role model who can field questions, discuss residency and career plans, and support them in their education, while maintaining focus on each student’s commitment to the underserved.

Mentorship is a requirement for all students in the Underserved Pathway. Students must make contact with their mentor once a quarter, either in-person or via phone, video chat, or email.

Mentors and students are matched based on geography, common interests, and other factors. Students may be matched based on an existing mentoring relationship, such as with a preceptor or college mentor.

If you would like to be a mentor please email the Underserved Pathway Program Manager (


Apply to be a mentor online

Mentor Quick Links:

The Mentoring Relationship: A Guide for Mentors and Mentees

Mentor FAQ

Mentor Resources


Underserved Pathway faculty and staff are available to answer your questions about the program:

Program Manager

Genya N. Shimkin, MPH


Kimberly Kardonsky, MD

Sharon Dobie, M.D., M.C.P.

Lynn Oliver, M.D.