The IUGA Fellows Mentoring Subcommittee was created in the Spring of 2011 and is collaborating with the IUGA Education Committee to create a resource document for those who are preparing for clinical clerkships or observerships to help with visa and licensure issues.
An assessment survey to better understand the necessity and to prioritize the activities regarding the mentoring program was completed by the IUGA members at the Lisbon meeting, 2011 . The most commonly cited top priorities were:
1) To co-ordinate clinical training clerkships for physicians-in-training at other institutions
2) To co-ordinate research collaboration between physicians with similar interests and varying levels of expertise
3) To teach visiting physicians treatment methods (surgical or non-surgical) that are unique to a particular site
The Mentoring Subcommittee plans to create a resource to connect interested mentors and mentees based on these priorities