One Step Ahead Mentoring (OSAM) Program

The Georgetown Biomedical Graduate Education partnership with Georgetown School of Medicine was the first OSAM program provided to BGE students. We are happy to announce our new PhD to Master’s student OSAM track!! See below.


OSAM 2020-2021 Medical School Track Mentor and Protégé Registration

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.

The One Step Ahead Mentoring (OSAM) program, which pairs a BGE 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.

Medical School Track Mentor Registration Form

– M1/M2 Georgetown School of Medicine Students (M3 and M4 students are welcome, just be mindful of your clinical commitments and make sure you are available!)

– Registrations opens August 21st and closes August 31st. Register now!

Mentor Registration

Medical School Track Protégé Application

– Currently enrolled BGE MS students

– Must be planning to apply to medical school by summer 2022

– This program is very competitive, so we cannot guarantee a mentor for all Protégé applicants.

– Applications open on August 21st and closes August 31st

Protégé Application Form

OSAM 2020-2021 Research Track Mentor and Protégé Registration

The OSAM programming is growing! We are happy to announce the launch of the new Research Track Mentoring program, providing a new opportunity for BGE MS students interested in pursuing a PhD. Careers in biomedical research share much with medical careers: the path to a successful career is filled with obstacles. Many of these obstacles can be avoided with the right information and environment, but students from disadvantaged backgrounds often don’t have access to those.

The OSAM Research Track Mentoring program has been created to help change those circumstances. Through this program, MS students will be paired with BGE PhD students, learning from those who are “one step ahead.” These pairings will provide information about the PhD program application process, life as a PhD student, and research advice for the future. Our diverse and talented MS students interested in pursuing an advanced degree will be get to vet their curiosity about this academic trajectory. PhD 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.

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

Research Track Mentor Registration

– BGE PhD student, any year in a PhD program

– Registrations now open and closes August 31st. Register now!

Mentor Registration

Research Track Protégé Application

– Currently enrolled BGE MS students

– Must be planning to apply to a PhD program by fall 2022

– This program is very competitive, so we cannot guarantee a mentor for all Protégé applicants.

– Applications open on August 21st and closes August 31st

Protégé Application Form

OSAM Program Contact: Carla Ochoa, Project Manager, Career Strategy & Professional Development, Biomedical Graduate Education.

 “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

2019 OSAM Kickoff

On Friday, September 13th, the BGE Career Strategy & Professional Development office kicked off our One Step Ahead Mentoring (OSAM) program. This year our program grew to 108 participants with 54 BGE premed Proteges, across our various programs, paired with 54 medical students mentors!


OSAM Photo Gallery