The value of having a mentor early in medical school is not lost on Carle physician, Warren McCauley, MD. Attended the University of Chicago for anesthesiologist college where his mentor, William McDade, MD, PhD, provided instruction on reducing cultural disparities in medicine.
“I am giving them information from my own experience that I knew before. At the same time, their passion for medicine excites me and sometimes prompts me to learn more about medicine,” he said.
The Carle Ambassador Program began in 2021 as a way to enrich the experience of first-year medical students. They are matched with faculty ambassadors currently practicing medicine who mentor students while learning about Carle Health’s clinical, educational and research missions. In the first year, nine Carle Ambassadors were matched with teams of four to five students. Surveys were conducted to match interests and regular check-ins were conducted with quarterly ambassador meetings to ensure engagement. To measure success and continue growth, student surveys are completed.