WMT-AHEC's Mentor Program

Advancing Health Equity through Mentoring Program

Current health science and allied health program students are our future of healthcare providers. Hosted and sponsored by Western Montana Area Health Education Center, partnered with the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, a pilot program focused on the importance of mentorship will support students at the University of Montana. Our goal is to create a space of mentorship and networking that reaches across socioeconomic groups, cultures, science and allied health areas of study. This will be achieved by core tenants of health equity, professional development, and humanization of care. Mentors will include healthcare or allied health professionals across WMT-AHEC's identified western counties.


Spring 2024 Cohort begins January 25, 2024!

21 mentors and mentees have been matched in either 1:1 or small group mentoring configurations.

Required Commitment:

Students: monthly: 90-minute commitment, post-session satisfaction surveys.

Mentors: 1 hour pre-program orientation, monthly: 90-minute commitment, post-program survey.

Optional: additional meetings or mentoring sessions between zoom gatherings. Program staff can help facilitate but will encourage student to engage with mentor.

Both students and mentors will be asked to complete end-of program surveys. Survey findings for the program will be used to strengthen future programming and provide a report on the importance of mentorship.

Student Incentives and Mentor Honorariums will be included.

2023-2024 Program Timeline:

This table shows the monthly timeline in which the program will run from Jan-May 2024.


Timeline/Due Date

Recruit Mentors

October 1st-November 15th

Advertise Offering (include sign up code for future cohorts or updates).

Begins October 15th.

Student Sign Up

Open November 1st -November 30th

MATCH DAY-e-mails pairing students and mentors will be distributed.

December 15.

Mentor Orientation

During the week of January 8th-12th or by appointment

Program Kick Off-First Session-Zoom

During week of January 22-26th.

Second Session-Zoom


Third Session-Zoom


Fourth Session-Zoom


End of Program Networking @ MC-In Person

Early May