DOI: 10.1161/circ.148.suppl_1.17730 ISSN: 0009-7322

Abstract 17730: Facilitated Peer Mentoring: A Novel Model for Promoting Equitable and Inclusive Mentoring for Underrepresented Trainees in Academic Medicine

Anita Osabutey, Yetunde A Fatade, Oreoluwa Olakunle, Tre'Cherie A Crumbs, Martin L Campbell, Chidi Amah, Allen Sanyi, Nathan R Steele, Franck H Azobou Tonleu, Alexis K Okoh, Modele O Ogunniyi,
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

Introduction: Underrepresented minoritized(URM) cardiologists represent less than 8% of the US cardiology workforce. A positive role model, access to mentorship, and a diverse workforce influences the choice of cardiology as a subspecialty. Recognizing this, we established a novel facilitated peer-mentoring research group, the “Ogunniyi Research Group (ORG),” with the goal of creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment for trainees to develop cardiovascular research proficiencies.

Methods: Our team consists of a lead mentor(cardiologist), 2 co-facilitators(cardiology fellows), and 4 resident-led teams of medical students and residents(Figure 1). Our mission is to advance cardiovascular health and equity through research, advocacy, and service; built on core pillars of mentorship, scholarship, leadership, community, and service. Mentees complete an individual development plan and meet regularly with the lead mentor to ensure milestones are met. Teams engage in research and quality improvement projects, which are reviewed at virtual monthly meetings. Quarterly academic medicine research seminars focus on building research skills.

Results: 26 trainees participated during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic year. Most trainees (>95%) self-identified as Black, with equal sex representation. Major accomplishments include >16 abstracts presented at conferences, co-authorship on >10 publications, and several prestigious awards, grants, honors, and scholarships. 4 team members were selected as chief medical residents. To date, we have secured 100% residency and cardiology fellowship match rate.

Conclusion: Our novel, multilevel, facilitated peer mentoring group has increased access to research and professional development opportunities, especially for URM trainees interested in cardiology. The ORG can serve as a model sustainable pathway for equitable mentorship, promoting diversity and inclusion in the cardiology workforce.

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