Office Mentorship Program Application

 

American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management Practice Management Office Mentorship Program (OMP) Frequently Asked Questions

*** when you see OMP this means Office Mentorship Program

What is a mentorship?

Mentorship is a period of training for future medical professionals, during which a more experienced medical professional, the mentor, provides training and observation time for the less experienced trainee, the mentoree.  The American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management (AAPPM) has created this program reach out to help the dozens of graduates who did not obtain a residency position for whatever reason.

Participating in the AAPPM Office Mentorship Program (OMP) program does not guarantee any participant a residency position. The program was merely designed to help further the education in podiatric medicine and practice management in those graduates of podiatric medical schools who were unable to match due to the current podiatric residency shortage.

The OMP program is not a substitute for a residency position nor for licensure.  The OMP is not an accredited in any state and does not have any legal authority.

In most states, a mentor will provide similar duties to a podiatric medical assistant which means a mentoree can perform most of what is necessary in the patient experience while they are in the office.  The mentoree will serve to assist the doctor in the office, and, like podiatric medical assistants, they can serve to provide much of what is needed in patient care and presentations.

The AAPPM participated in developing the program to facilitate recruiting doctors to participate in the program. There is no guarantee, however, that matches for the OMP will be made for all applicants, although the AAPPM will make every effort to match applicants with suitable podiatric offices.  Upon successful placement, the AAPPM does not have a direct influence on each individual postgraduate’s mentorship experience.  Each practice will define the role the office mentorship mentoree will serve in the practice. What the graduate will be able to do in the practice will greatly depend on the state’s practice act and licensure rules.

What states is this available? What cities?

We are reaching out to podiatrists throughout the country to have a OMP in their office.  This will determine the location of the OMP’s.

How long is it? Can I only do it for a couple of months?

The program is for a ten month curriculum. We expect you to commit to the entire program, unless there are significant extenuating circumstances.

Who is in charge of this program?

The American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management (AAPPM) has created this program reach out to help graduates who did not get a residency program and has a committee responsible for this program.

How do I sign up for this? What is the application process? When will I start?

The application process is simple.  Just e-mail your complete CASPR Application (include your CASPR application, CV, and letters of reference) to Hal Ornstein, DPM at mentorship@aappm.org.  Applications are now being accepted. The mentorship start date will be August 1st and we understand in some instances the program may need to start after this date. 

NOTE…after April 7, 2014 you no longer have access to your CASPR application online.  Thus, you should download a copy of your completed application immediately.  If you are in need of your CASPR application please call 301-948-9764.

From time of application, how long will it be before we are notified of a match?

You will be notified by July 15th but we are working to let you know much sooner. As this is a relatively new program, we are doing our best to make this process work as well as possible for all involved. We understand that we indicated that the mentorship would begin on August 1st but if there is a match put together in the middle of August we understand that it will be more practical to start towards the middle or end of August.

How will be notified of a match, if selected?

Match will be communicated by e-mail.

Can I pick and choose a doctor or do they pick and choose me?

The mentoree is matched to a mentor based on request for which part of the country they would like to be.  There is no guarantee that there will be a position available in the area you request, but best efforts will be made to get the mentoree a mentorship where they choose to be.

Do all of the mentors run successful practices? What criteria do you use to choose mentors?

The mentors have an application process and are committing that they can mentor the mentoree and provide the practice management experience outlined in the curriculum. Most, if not all, of the mentors who have come forward are known to the committee and are very qualified to host a mentoree in their practice.

Will I get any formal certification for doing this?

The OMP is not recognized by any licensure or certification bodies.  You will, however, receive a certificate of completion for this program.

Will I have time to visit residency programs and participate in match?

Your mentor will be encouraged to allow you to visit residency programs and made clear to them the importance of this activity.  The amount of time you are allowed to do this is between you and your mentor.

I heard that there used to be mentorships for podiatrists in the past, is this anything like that?

No.  Previous mentorships were recognized training programs, which qualified the mentoree to licensure to enter practice in some states.

How will this help me get prepared for residency next year?

Many residency directors will look favorably upon you as a candidate for their program with the real-life podiatry experience you gain in your OMP and the knowledge you learned that other graduates in the graduating class of that year do not have.  In many cases, doing the OMP will put you at a competitive advantage and will likely be looked upon as favorable by residency selection committees.

Is the mentorship paid?

Yes, but the stipend is at the discretion of the mentor. The AAPPM does not have a set stipend for this program. Though the amount of the stipend may seem low to you, please remember that you are being hired at a cost to the mentor, who has volunteered to open their practice to you while you are pursuing a residency program. Since you will not have a license to practice podiatry, your ability to produce any significant income for the practice will be limited.

Is health insurance or other benefits available?

Health insurance and other benefits are at the discretion of the mentor.

Is it required to pass NBPME Part II (Boards)?

No

Is there any OR time?

There is a significant amount of clinical shadowing and other office work that you will be doing. If your mentor takes you to the OR, this is between you and them. Because of liability issues, it is very unlikely that you will be in any role other than an unscrubbed observer.

What happens if we are not happy with the mentor and want to no longer maintain the relations?

If you are not happy with your mentorship program, you should communicate this to your mentor.  If it comes down to you wanting to leave, this is an “at will” position and you can leave at any time.  We do recommend that you give at least a two week notice if the mentor would like you to remain for this period of time.

Can OMP’s become AAPPM members?

Yes, and complimentary membership will be given to all OMP’s.  As an affiliate of the APMA, membership in APMA is required for membership in AAPPM.  If you are not currently a member of APMA, please click here to download the Post Graduate Membership Application.  Post Graduate Membership in the APMA is also complimentary.

Will there be special prices for OMP’s to attend AAPPM meetings?

Yes, there will be a reduced price for OMP’s to attend all AAPPM meetings.

Can OMP’s get a podiatry license?

There are some states that do not need a residency program to get a license.  Yet it will be difficult for you to get a podiatry license since in most cases it takes several months for the process.  This is a decision by the mentor as to whether this makes sense for their OMP.

If the OMP’s do not have a podiatry license, what role will they play in the office?

In most states a podiatric medical assistant can perform most of what is necessary in the patient experience while they are in the office.  The OMP will serve to assist the doctor in the office and like podiatric medical assistants; they can serve to provide much of what is needed in patient care and presentations. In addition, there will be specific practice management goals for each month of the mentorship that will complement the clinical experience.

Will I be able to be called “Doctor” in the office?

This is state specific and will ask the mentor to check with their state podiatry society.

Does the OMP need their own malpractice insurance?

No, if they are not licensed.  If the mentoree does obtain a podiatry license malpractice insurance should be obtained and is at the discretion of the mentor who pays for this.  Again, in the great majority of the OMPs the mentorees will not have a podiatry license.

What role will the OMP serve in the practice?

Each practice will define the role the practice management mentoree will serve in the practice. What the graduate will be able to do in the practice will greatly depend on the state’s practice act and licensure rules. There must, however, be focus on the pertinent practice management principles as defined by the curriculum.

Will housing be provided?

Mentors are not responsible for housing the mentoree, but any support in helping them find housing would be greatly appreciated.

How will I be paired with a mentor?

The pairing will be done by the AAPPM committee and will largely be based on geography. The mentor will be given the opportunity to review information about the mentoree and speak by phone, however unless there is a glaring reason why the pairing will not work, requests cannot be accommodated.

Why can’t I interview and choose my mentoree?

Because of the time frame of the match and scramble, pairing will not be able to begin until July 1, with an August 2014 start date of the mentorship. This will make a formal interview process impossible. Furthermore, we must recognize that graduating without a program is an ongoing source of stress and adding to that stress with yet another interview process would not be productive.

Is there a chance that the mentoree will leave the OMP for a program mid-year?

While unlikely, there are occasions where programs open midyear. We would hope that the mentor would release the mentoree from the commitment of the program to pursue the residency position.

Disclaimer

Participating in the AAPPM Office Mentorship Program does not guarantee you a residency position. The program was merely designed to help further the education in podiatric medicine and practice management in those graduates of podiatric medical schools who were unable, for whatever reason, to match due to the current podiatric residency shortage.

The AAPPM participated in developing the curriculum and recruiting doctors to participate in the program. There is no guarantee, however that matches for the Mentorship will be made for all applicants, although the AAPPM will make every effort to match applicants with suitable podiatric offices.  Upon successful placement, the AAPPM will not have a direct influence on each individual postgraduate’s mentorship experience, which will, of course, ultimately depend upon the podiatric practice with which the applicant is matched.  The AAPPM’s goal is to connect postgraduates with experienced doctors who can mentor them through a office mentorship by sharing their own unique style, approach, and experience.