I was not expecting to connect so well with someone from this [program], but [my mentor] has inspired me, taught me, and helped me grow throughout this year and I could not be more thankful to know such an intelligent and captivating individual. 

- OSAM Protege

In a country of increasing cultural diversity, we believe that a functional healthcare system must encourage and engage a diverse workforce to broaden the scope of care to all who need it. However, by the time that students from disadvantaged backgrounds begin to engage their curiosities about medical careers, they often still carry the burden of disadvantage and discrimination.

We are pleased to announce the launch of the One Step Ahead Mentoring (OSAM) program, which pairs a Biomedical Graduate Education Masters Student (MS) that is interested in pursuing medical school with a current Georgetown School of Medicine (SOM) M1/M2 student to properly position our graduate students for the medical school life cycle process. Our diverse and talented students interested in pursuing medicine will be given an opportunity to vet their curiosity about this career trajectory, and we provide a platform here for those students to learn from those who are "one step ahead". Medical students will get to showcase their mentoring and leadership skills by providing a nurturing and culturally responsive mentoring experience for a student that would like to be in their shoes one day, but may need a bit more clarity or a boost of confidence to get there.

Medical student “Mentors” will receive a certificate for Mentoring and Leadership Development from the BGE Office of Career Strategy and Professional Development. BGE MS “Protégés” will receive a certificate of participation. OSAM will help BGE MS students clarify and realize their medical school goals, provide valuable leadership and mentoring experience for SOM medical students, and allow all participants to experience a valuable discourse to highlight during their medical school or residency application processes.

OSAM 2017-2018 Mentor and Protégé registration is now closed

Mentor Registration Form

  • M1/M2 Georgetown School of Medicine Students

Mentor Registration

Protégé Application

  • Currently enrolled BGE MS students
  • Must be planning to apply to medical school by summer 2018
  • This program is very competitive, so we cannot guarantee a mentor for all Protégé applicants.

Protégé Application Form

OSAM Program Contact: Dr. Caleb McKinney, Assistant Director, Career Strategy and Professional Development, Biomedical Graduate Education.


2nd Annual OSAM KickoffMentors and protégés meeting eachother at the kickoff event.

On Monday, September 18th, the BGE Career Strategy & Professional Development office kicked off our 2nd annual One Step Ahead Mentoring (OSAM) program. This year our program grew to 64 participants with 32 BGE premed Proteges, across our various programs, paired with 32 medical students mentors!

Read More About the Kickoff


Photos from 2016-2018 OSAM Kickoff Events