How Mentoring Students and Nurse Practitioners Leads to Engaging Medical Residencies

Most of us have had some experience with having a mentor at one moment in our lives, even if we don’t realize it. Whether that person was an older sibling, a friend, or a coach, there are various role models who’ve shaped and helped us grow. In the healthcare and medical professions, mentorship is a vital practice, due to the training, research and job responsibilities required.

Dr. Behnam Khaleghi, MD is a Rheumatology Specialist in Orange, CA with over 29 years of experience. At Pacific Rheumatology, we get students from medical assistance schools and Western University for physician assistants. Dr. Khaleghi has more experience with Arthritis and Arthropathy than other specialists in his area, and has continued to share his insights with our assistants. These collaborative relationships between experienced specialists like Dr. Khaleghi and early nurse practitioners (NP) or physician assistants (PA), play a crucial role in the personal and professional development for everyone involved. Here are a few key reasons why mentorship helps improve the overall engagement of medical residencies. 

Introduce new career paths. 

Mentorship gives students and early professionals deeper insights and an early preview into their career and education decisions they were initially curious about. Pacific Rheumatology hires students who want to go to medical school, NP school or PA school. For example, our current NP, Janet, worked as an medical assistant first, and after completing her NP school, she returned to work with us. Her brother worked the same way, until he went to medical school, and is now doing residency to become a physiatrist. 

Build strong connections

Both mentees and mentors can benefit from the professional relationships an mentorship can bring. Experienced professionals gain new perspectives and students gain trusted role models.  At Pacific Rheumatology, we have 2 more mentees who entered MED school, and one accepted in PA school. According to Dr. Khaleghi, his practice of mentoring has been ongoing for the past 10 years, and it is mainly through word of mouth.

Provide fulfillment.

Mentoring in the healthcare field can lead to long-term bonds and trusting collaborative relationships. Early NPs & PAs who experience valuable mentorships are often more willing to become mentors themselves when they’ve become specialized in a field. This is particularly important for underrepresented populations in healthcare and medicine.

Dr. Khaleghi and his office have now shifted to taking in telehealth appointments, accepting new patients, as well as mentoring a new wave of mentees as assistants. If you’re looking for your next potential residency, get in touch with our office to see where you can fit in with our rheumatology specialists.


You Might Also Enjoy...

Give Yourself an Energy Boost With the Myers’ Cocktail

Do you feel so tired you can barely drag through the day? Or maybe you just feel a little off your game and want to improve your performance. When you need an energy boost for any reason, a Myers’ cocktail may be the perfect solution.

These Bad Habits Lead to Tendonitis

Your risk of developing tendonitis is directly related to the movements you make throughout the day. You can prevent tendonitis when you learn to spot bad habits and make simple changes that take the stress off your tendons.

Busting These Myths About CBD Oil

If you have considered using CBD oil or any type of CBD product, you’re not alone. One-third of American adults have used CBD. But you should know that not all CBD products are the same and many myths abound.

Who Gets Scleroderma?

Like many autoimmune diseases, scleroderma is more common in women than in men. However, the disease can affect anyone, causing progressive symptoms and complications. Here’s what you need to know about scleroderma.

The Difference Between PRP and Stem Cell Therapy

PRP and stem cell therapy can be used together or individually, depending on the nature of your injury, the cause of your pain, and your overall health care needs. Here’s what you should know about these effective regenerative therapies.

5 Symptoms of Lupus

Lupus is an incredibly complex and confusing health condition because it can affect any part of your body and cause a wide range of symptoms. Learn about the five types of symptoms and the different ways they can appear.