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Structure Of the OWIMS Mentoring Program

  • The OWIMS Director, Associate Director and the WIMS Career Development Subcommittee provide oversight for the Women Junior Faculty Mentoring Program. The members of the Committee represent both junior and senior faculty from basic science and clinical departments of WFSM.
  • The ever-expanding roster of Mentees and Mentors represents 31 departments and sections within the institution. While the majority of the mentoring relationships are one-to-one, based on the needs of the mentee some have multiple mentors or mentoring teams and many opportunities for additional networking. (see Our Mentors and Mentees).
  • Shannon Suggs serves as the primary contact, and is responsible for the day to day running of the program. This includes monitoring and tracking mentoring relationships, development of workshops and resources, and providing feedback and recommendations to the Leadership Program Committee about program growth opportunities and needed changes.  She can be reached at or 336-716-5489.
  • The Mentee Pairing Subcommittee is responsible for the matching of mentees with appropriate potential mentors and assisting with any difficulties that may develop within the mentor-mentee relationships.
    • If difficulties within the mentoring relationship should arise, the mentor and mentee are encouraged to contact Shannon Suggs at or 336-716-5489. All communications are held in the strictest confidence.
  • The Mentoring Award Subcommittee solicits nominations from Program Mentees for the Mentor of the Year Award annually and selects the award winner.

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