What We’ve Learned

PCCAMP is the product of an extensive search of the literature and fruitful discussions with students and clinicians. Here are the important lessons captured from both to date:

Students: Key Themes

  • Students want a relationship with a mentor that is based on mutually agreed upon goals and these goals are monitored over time.
  • Mentor is available.
  • The relationship is professional but has a personal component to build a strong connection.
  • The mentor can share strategies for career and life style balance.
  • The mentor can share what he/she has learned from journey.
  • The mentor is willing to share and participate in external activities focused on primary care (health advocacy, health fairs, etc.) with student.

Clinicians: Key Themes

  • Most physicians have had neither formal nor informal training in mentoring or career-advising. Instead, they have learned from experience working with students during student clinical placements.
  • The majority of physicians did not have positive mentoring or career-advising experiences as students and want to see the next generation have a better overall experience.
  • Practitioners are extremely busy but are willing to mentor and advise students.
  • Mentors need to share their love of primary care with students.
  • CME credits are strongly desired by physicians for participating in PCCAMP.
  • Physician mentors want and value receiving feedback from students.
  • Training of physicians on mentoring and career-advising should be simple, brief and to-the-point, and available on-line.

Intangible Attributes of a Primary Care: Identified by Both Students and Clinicians

  • Humanizer of medicine
  • Strong communicator
  • Developer of sustained partnership with patients
  • Interprofessional team member
  • Health counselor
  • Manage well in complexity and uncertainty
  • Energized by fast paced and multifaceted practice
  • Not easily discouraged
  • Advocate for patient care