GME Program Director Mentoring Program


The GME Program Director Mentoring Program is meant to help new program directors adjust to their new role. Assistance from an experienced, well-respected mentor can be an invaluable asset in developing the knowledge and skills required to achieve excellence in residency/fellowship education.

Mentorship is not a new concept. It dates back to the venerable medical apprenticeship, when there was training in all aspects of medicine, a time when medicine was not so mechanized and perhaps, a bit more personalized.

The GME Office will help to facilitate identification of a mentor for new program directors who wish to participate in the mentoring program. The mentor and mentee should commit to meeting for at least one academic year; however, an ongoing relationship is encouraged. 



The mentoring program is targeted at new program directors who have been in their role for less than two years. However, all program directors, regardless of tenure, are eligible to participate in the mentoring program if they feel it would be of benefit.


The mentoring program depends on experienced mentors to assist new program directors in developing competence in graduate medical education. The program is designed to encourage collaboration between program directors and collegiality among the UW GME community. We would optimally like to see program directors with at least 3 - 5 years of experience, and one site visit under their belt, serve in this role.

Roles & Responsibilities


  • Arrange to meet with your mentor at least twice per year.
  • Participate in program director development opportunities.
  • Update your CV to be reviewed by your mentor at least a week before each meeting.
  • Prepare at least three short term (6-12 months) and three long term (3-5 years) program improvement and/or professional goals to be discussed and perhaps revised at the mentor/mentee meetings.
  • Seek Best Practices of program design and practical advice on improving the program.
  • Discuss opportunities for academic promotion with the work they are doing for the training program.
  • Document areas of scholarship, teaching and administrative service since these are strongly considered as promotion criteria for faculty under the clinician-teacher track.
  • Provide evaluation of your mentor at least yearly, both to improve the mentoring program and to provide your mentor with materials that may help in his/her own academic advancement.


  • Meet with mentees at least twice per year. These meetings will generally be initiated by the mentee, but the mentor is also responsible for insuring that a meeting takes place on schedule.
  • Provide informal advice to the mentee on aspects of teaching, research and committee work or be able to direct the mentee to appropriate other resources.
  • Counsel mentees on how to identify faculty champions for the teaching program.
  • Help mentees set appropriate program improvement and/or professional goals and advise them of the specific expectations for promotion in their academic pathway.
  • Assist with the development of the mentee’s teaching skills.
  • Provide examples of Best Practices in your program or elsewhere in UW that mentees may use in designing their own program.
  • Treat all interactions and discussions in confidence. There is no evaluation or assessment of the mentee by the mentor, only supportive guidance and constructive feedback.

How to Sign Up 

If you would like to sign up as a mentee, or are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Byron Joyner, MD, Associate Dean, GME at or 206.543.6806.