Graduate Review


The Peer Mentorship Program was developed during a pandemic to meet the ever-growing needs of the first-year students at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM). While all transitions into graduate school are difficult, this is especially true during a time of such uncertainty, where every change is magnified by something out of students’ control. To combat the frustration and isolation experienced by this group, a completely virtual program was set into motion in September of 2020.

This program seeks to be the solution to a range of difficulties that too many professional students have encountered during the pandemic. By providing safe and structured spaces for relationships to be fostered, connections to be made, and loneliness to be overcome, this program serves as a systematic response, aiming to alleviate feelings of isolation, confusion, frustration, and stress.



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