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Coaching and Mentorship

To help you hit the ground running, we use a goal setting/mentorship/self-assessment tool during orientation to help plan your path through residency.

This comprehensive approach puts together your plan for personal resilience, your study plan, you career path plan, your research plan, your accreditation progress, your assessment scores, and your testing scores.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to formulate and reflect on your self-assessments and personal goals throughout residency

To see an example of this tool click here: We Create Our Best Selves - 2019 (DOCX)


Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performanceAtul Gawande

Our program has one of the most robust resident assessment systems in the country that will provide you with the feedback you need to always be improving.

Rather than focusing on summative purposes (assessment OF learning), our goal is to use this data for formative purposes (assessment FOR learning) to help you grow as a physician.

To maximize your gains, a core education faculty member will serve as your coach to review your data with you, and help you set improvement goals that can be tracked over time.

Coaches are trained in the evidence-based R2C2 method to help spur reflection and goal setting. This transforms assessment into deliberate practice, which is the key to mastery.


In addition to your coach, we have multiple specific mentorship opportunities to meet your needs.

Your Academic Half Day learning community mentor serves as a longitudinal teacher and mentor during your PGY-1 year. We will help you find career and research mentorship along the way. And, if you join a Learning Pathway you will also receive dedicated mentorship for the duration of residency.

The Department of Medicine now has almost 300 faculty members, any one of which could serve as an excellent mentor. You will develop meaningful relationships with these faculty members throughout your training to help you achieve your goals, while also meeting with the program director and associate program directors regularly to make sure you are on the right path.

Contact Us

University of Cincinnati
Department of Internal Medicine

231 Albert Sabin Way
Medical Sciences Building Room 6058
PO Box 670557
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0557

Fax: 513-558-3878