Interprofessional faculty peer mentoring fosters learning together in the nexus to address what matters most to advance and sustain interprofessional practice and education (IPE). Formal and informal programs utilizing faculty or expert patients as mentors exist for interprofessional students, residents, and fellows and intraprofessional pre-/post-doctoral students, early career faculty, and clinical and translational research learners. Few opportunities exist for health and health-related professions faculty to receive formal mentoring across rank and experience levels to advance and sustain IPE academic initiatives and academic-practice partnerships. To mind this gap, the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC), in collaboration with the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (National Center), has developed the AIHC/National Center Mentoring Program.

Available to AIHC members, the program is designed to meet the professional and leadership development needs of health or health-related professions faculty who demonstrate a commitment to interprofessional practice, education, and scholarship and seek assistance with an aspect of IPE, regardless of career level. Volunteer mentors are matched with 1-2 mentees based upon needs and experience. Participants engage in monthly pair or team mentor-mentee virtual meetings tailored to the needs of mentees, as well as quarterly cohort meetings addressing shared interests. Activities in the year-long program include a self-assessment, mentoring agreement, personal development plan, and readings and webinars addressing IPE, mentoring, leadership, and related topics. Program objectives include increased self-awareness, professional growth, leadership development, effective communication, and networking. The program concludes with a recognition of participants during the annual Nexus Summit.

This presentation describes the impetus, goals, activities, assessment, and evaluation process of the AIHC/National Center Mentoring Program. 2022-23 cohort participants share their motivation for participating, mentor-mentee perspectives and experiences, mentoring best practices, and how participation in the program contributes to better care, better value, and better education and builds IPE capacity through learning, scholarship, and research.