MAFP Cooperative Mentorship Program

The Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians Cooperative Mentorship Program, administered by the Boston University AHEC, matches community-based family physicians with first-year students at Tufts and Boston University Schools of Medicine. The academic year 2001-2002 will mark the tenth year of this successful program, allowing students their first experience of clinical life and responsibility. We include here a letter from Robert Baldor, M.D., President of the MAFP, which explains the program.

If you are a ABFP-certified family physician and would like to be a mentor in this program, click on the information form as indicated in the last paragraph of the letter, complete the form and mail, fax or e-mail it back to Dr. Peter Shaw.

Dear Colleague:

We have completed the ninth successful year of our Family Medicine Mentorship Program, matching 75 students from Boston University School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School with family physician mentors. The Academy would like to thank last year’s mentors who made the program such a success. The students have greatly valued their introduction to the concepts of Family Medicine.

In September 2001, the goal of the Mentorship Program is to once again include first year medical students in this one-on-one mentorship experience. Over the course of a year, these first year students will periodically spend time with physicians, participate in their practices, learn about Family Medicine, and integrate the new skills and concepts learned in medical school with the real world of patient care. The program will be administered with the assistance of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) of Boston University, and the individual medical schools.

This year the program will be offered for Tufts and Boston University Schools of Medicine. The program will differ somewhat for the two schools. At Boston University, first year students will participate in the fall on an elective basis; in the spring, they will have the option of taking their sessions as part of a required two-year course, Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM). Tufts University School of Medicine students have the option of working with a mentor on Tuesday afternoons for either a 10-week selective track (fall, winter or spring) or for a more longitudinal program throughout the year.

The primary goal of the program is for the student and physician to form a partnership in learning through which the student will come to appreciate the many facets of Family Medicine. This kind of relationship can be highly rewarding to the mentor as well as to the student, and can only strengthen the presence of family practice in our local medical schools.

Mentors will be matched with students whose schedules and interest coincide. Tufts University School of Medicine and Boston University will offer academic appointments to mentors in this program.

We strongly encourage you to sign on as a mentor. Please click on the information form, complete and return it to the AHEC office (address on application form) no later than September 14, 2001.


Robert Baldor, M.D.

Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine