EM-CCM Virtual Mentorship Program

noun. A trusted friend, counselor or teacher.

About the Mentorship Program

There are approximately 150 dually-trained EM-CCM physicians in the USA. Because of these small numbers, medical students and residents at many institutions do not have personal access to mentorship by dually-trained physicians.

The goal of this program is to provide access to medical students and EM residents as they begin to develop a career in both Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

If you are an interested medical student or physician interested in learning more about or participating in this program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Lillian L. Emlet, MD at support@emccmfellowship.org

Information for Mentees

This program is currently open to all students, residents, and Emergency Physicians in the United States.
Communication between mentors and mentees should remain professional standards.
Initial email or telephone contact should occur within 1 week of assignment of virtual mentorship.
This program is not responsible for, nor guarantees, a position in a fellowship program.
Routine survey and feedback will be requested from the Virtual Mentor program to ensure quality of the process and mentor performance.

Expectations & advice for mentees:

The mentor-mentee relationship is driven by the mentee.
Self-awareness is key, and some soul-searching is necessary.
Be open & honest about what you want and what makes you happy.
Conduct yourself professionally and confidentially.
Be open to constructive feedback, and prepare for your meetings with your mentor.
Keep a healthy work-life balance and perspective.
Ultimately, you need to take responsibility for your own career.

Being a Good Mentee: Food for Thought

1. Be clear on what you want.
    Being prepared will help both you & the mentor set your relationship off on the right foot.
2. Be respectful.
    Mentors usually give up their time for free.
3. Be prepared.
    Know what you are going to use the time with your mentor for.
4. Know when to back away.
    Ensure that the relationship is still meeting your professional development needs. Sometimes things change for both involved in the relationship.
5. Be useful.
    A mentoring relationship works both ways.

Information for Mentors

The role of the EM-CCM Virtual Mentor program is to assist in establishing a mentoring relationship. Success and specifics of the relationship is dependent upon the individuals.
All mentors are board-certified Emergency Physicians who have completed training in Critical Care.
Mentors should respond within a timely manner (within 1 week is suggested).
Telephone conversations initially work more effectively until the relationship is established, when email often can be used.
Dissolution of the mentoring relationship when mutual agreement between both parties that an official mentoring relationship is no longer needed.
Working with a specific mentor does not guarantee a fellowship position.

Expectations & advice mentors:

Mentors must listen, respect, & support the mentee.
A good mentor gives timely feedback & assists in teaching problem solving.
A good mentor is aware of the mentee's short & long term goals.
Good mentors teach skills, provide useful feedback & emotional support.
Mentors are available and accessible.

Guides & Resources for Effective Mentoring

Virginia Commonwealth University Faculty Mentoring Guide

Association of American Medical Colleges

American Heart Association Mentoring Handbook 2003

Current Mentors

Evie Marcolini, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Yale University
50% EM, 50% CCM
EM: Maine Medical Center
CCM: Shock Trauma

Lillian Emlet, MD, MS, FACEP
University of Pittsburgh
25% EM (4 shifts/month), 75% CCM (1 week/month clinical + teaching/education)
EM: Geisinger Medical Center 2004
CCM: University of Pittsburgh 2006

Timothy Ellender, MD
Indiana University
50 % EM (8 shifts/month), 50% CCM (1 week/month)
EM: Indiana University 2006
CCM: Indiana University 2008

Chris Brackney, DO
VA Pittsburgh Health System
10% EM (2 shifts/month), 90% CCM (2 weeks/ month)
EM: Midwestern University 2006
CCM: University of Pittsburgh 2009

Julie Mayglothling, MD, FACEP
Virginia Commonwealth University
50% EM (6 shifts/month), 50% Trauma Surgery & Critical Care Medicine (20 weeks/yr)
EM: Bellevue 2005
CCM: Shock Trauma 2006

Questions for people seeking mentors (mentees):

Do you have specific geographic considerations?

What initially got you interested in critical care medicine?

Are you interested in:
Community vs. academic practice settings?

Medical vs. surgical/ anesthesia training/ practice?

Do you have family concerns & needs?

How important is it for you to practice in academic EM (i.e. in a hospital with an EM residency program)?

Have you thought about your 6 month & 5 year goals yet?


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