A major distinction of the BMP that directly serves the four major values held by our program is the comprehensive mentoring and coaching approach. These approaches recognize that the unique needs of individuals vary. The BMP incorporates innovative and evidence-based approaches that will support your success during the BMP and through your professional degree program.
Multi-Tiered Mentorship and Coaching
No single mentor can provide the breadth and holistic mentoring you need.
The Faculty Advisor begins working with students during the summer before courses begin. Using an individualized and collaborative approach, the Faculty Advisor and the student identify the best selection of academic courses and experiences to maximize long term student learning and success.
Professional Career Coach (Internal)
Students are supported by an International Coaching Federation (ICF) trained coach. This provides one-on-one coaching for deeper individual exploration of topics and related reflections stimulated by the Foundations and Professionalism courses.
Professional Coach (External)
Coaching from an International Coaching Federation (ICF) trained coach to overcome any limiting beliefs and a host of other challenges that are often the greatest hindrance to your success. Learn more about professional coaching.
The BMP Alumni Mentor Network (BAMN) is a private Pitt Commons group that connects BMP alumni with incoming/current BMP students and connects alumni with one another to provide near-peer mentoring. The purpose of this group is to facilitate the near-peer mentoring relationship, which fosters the transfer of knowledge and experience between individuals. This transfer of knowledge guides new students through early program decisions, acclimates them to the BMP environment, and welcomes them to the BMP community. It also guides recent graduates as they transition into the next step of their career whether it be a new role in the workforce or professional school. The near-peer mentoring relationship is complimentary to, yet distinct from, the support already in place from academic advisors, program staff, and professional coaches.
Career Planning, Professionalism, and Non-Cognitive Development
Fall and Spring required courses that provide the foundation for lifelong career planning, professional identity formation, and non-cognitive skills development. These courses support the growth of many of the AAMC core competencies.
Career Planning Course
This course lays the foundation for lifelong career planning based on professional coaching approaches. This course is unique to Pitt and modified slightly to align with the BMP.
- This course and the approach are receiving national attention. See Nature, 2012 ; ASCB, p.9-11 2014. The innovative approach is now being taught nationally by Dr. Wendell through two NIH funded projects in an effort to increase STEM workforce diversity.
- The graduate version of the course received a multi-year Harnisch grant from the Institute of Coaching to study outcomes (Harnisch Grant Researcher, Steve Wendell). Dr. Wendell was invited to present research on this course at the Annual Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Professionalism and Non-Cognitive Development
This course utilizes evidence-based approaches to cultivate the student’s development of non-cognitive skills such as mindfulness, emotional intelligence and dealing with complexity. These foundations are leveraged to manage a variety of challenges common to biomedical health professions including resilience, burnout prevention, interpersonal communications, implicit bias, professional identity formation, and social medicine.
Many of these topics and approaches have since been employed to support advanced biomedical personnel including physician-scientist and academic faculty.
Personalized Mentoring and Coaching Profile
What you need, how best to mentor you, and what approaches will be most effective for you will be determined by a personalized mentoring profile generated by multiple assessments. This profile is provided to coaches, and updated as needed to serve your individual needs.