Mentoring

Mentoring is an important aspect of the PAF program. Various relationships provide support and help to shape each fellow’s professional experience.

Preceptor

A preceptor is a supervisor, professional mentor, and coach. Their role is to challenge and provide guidance for professional development on a personal level. The preceptor relationship is a great resource for the responsibilities associated with the fellow’s position and also provides opportunities that other employees and graduate fellows may not experience.

Peer Mentor

Each incoming fellow is also paired with a current second year mentor to facilitate the transition to life as a PAF.  Graduate school, the expectations of a placement, and other PAF responsibilities require preparation to successfully adjust to the changes. Support from a peer mentor and a team of advisors makes the process a lot smoother.

Advisors

Another important supportive relationship each fellow benefits from is the team of voluntary PAF advisors. As current administrators at GW, the advisors bring years of experience to the table and are always looking for ways to make the PAF experience more valuable and dynamic. Advisors work closely with the fellows and get to know them and their professional goals on a personal level, which often results in a strong bond and close-knit cohorts.

PAF Alumni

The number of alumni fellows continues to grow as the PAF program welcomes new cohorts and sends graduating fellows into the professional world. This network offers an additional venue for building relationships and networks of mentors and professional advisors.