“Med Families” is a longitudinal student-run peer mentoring program for medical students at the University of Connecticut. The overarching purpose of the program is to make mentorship available to students in both their social and academic endeavors as they progress through the milestones of medical school.
This program is also designed to give each student the opportunity to form long lasting relationships with medical students who are at different stages in their training. Each incoming student is matched into a “family” with 2nd, 3rd and 4th year medical students based on personality, interests and professional goals. Families consist of approximately seven to ten students, and each family is responsible for scheduling and running their own meetings throughout the year. Each meeting offers a chance to exchange advice concerning the challenges of medical school in an informal setting. Participation in Medical Families is voluntary after the first year.
Shortly after Med Families were launched in 2012, several students presented the concept at a student research symposium. See their poster to learn more. For the current iteration, see the presentation made at the kick-off meeting in September 2017.