We pair each of our residents with a faculty mentor in a supportive environment. Our program enables you to explore and refine your personal and career goals throughout your residency — and beyond.

Conversations in Judgment-Free Environment

We’ll encourage you to meet with your mentors as many times as you like, but at least three times per year. These meetings give you opportunities to talk about everything from your education, to post-residency plans, to just life in general, in a judgment-free environment.

We will provide a supportive, non-punitive environment for you to discuss your progress, concerns, strengths and weaknesses with faculty members outside of the clinical learning environment.

Faculty members have opportunities to become a “connector” for you — allowing them to guide you to resources to help you achieve your goals.

They’ll help you identify skills to develop desirable experiences and connections to facilitate paths toward each goal.

Mentors will foster strengths and the unique potential of each mentee, promote research productivity and improve communication between residents and faculty by providing helpful and honest feedback.

Allowing for Self-Reflection, Open Discussions

Our program also aims to identify strengths and weaknesses for both mentor and mentee while allowing for self-reflection and open discussion on how to improve upon and utilize these for further development and growth.

Mentors will help prevent burnout by addressing stressors during training contributing to burnout and by identifying tools and resources to address burnout.

Among the areas open for discussion are:

  • career planning
  • conflict resolution   
  • day-to-day patient management
  • fellowship opportunities
  • financial advice
  • management skills
  • networking
  • personal development
  • research productivity
  • work/life balance

Program’s Key Component: Tailoring a Good Fit

In your first year in the program, you will be paired after 3-to-6 months of residency to allow you to have exposure to the program and faculty before selecting potential faculty mentors.

In subsequent years, you will be matched with a faculty mentor at the beginning of the academic year based on questionnaires completed by both residents and faculty.

You will be asked to submit to us a list of 3-to-5 potential faculty mentors with whom you would like to work.

The mentorship committee will match you with a faculty member based on the preference list you provide. No faculty member will have more than two resident mentees.

At the mid-year point of the academic term, residents and faculty will determine if they want to continue with the same pairing or elect to be paired with a new mentor or mentee.

If at any time during the academic year residents or faculty members feel the mentor-mentee relationship is not a good fit, a new pairing can be requested.

Contact Us

Contact us if you have questions or want more information about our residency mentorship program.

Training Program Administrator

Steve Crowe.

Steve Crowe

Training Program Administrator

Department of Urology

Buffalo General Medical Center, 100 High Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 859-3760; Fax: (716) 859-4015