Student-to-Professional Mentoring Experience, Honors College, University of Oklahoma, NormanFor the past three years, Susan Chambers, M.D., has opened her home and heart to OU Honors College students pursuing a career in medicine. As a partnering professional and mentor for the Honors College’s Student-to-Professional Mentoring Experience program, Chambers supports the next generation of physicians and health care providers through small-group dinners.
Chambers, who is co-founder of Lakeside Women’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, is joined in these dinners by her husband, Kyle Toal, a thoracic and cardiac surgeon, and her daughter Coralee Toal, now a graduate medical resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Lisa Tucker, director of External and Alumni Relations for the OU Honors College, notes that Chambers works tirelessly to recruit leading Oklahoma-based health care providers, asking them to participate in the one-to-one mentoring dinners with top-performing students.
“Dr. Chambers and her colleagues guide students through the complexities of the medical school application process and provide encouragement for students preparing to take the MCAT,” notes Tucker. “Her dedication to seeing others succeed, her exemplary leadership and generous spirit inspire and challenge students to be the best versions of themselves.”
Chambers additionally serves on the college’s board of visitors and is a champion of academic excellence at OU.
Chambers notes that the mentor/mentee relationship works both ways, as she benefits as well. “I am so impressed with the OU Honors College and am privileged to serve on its board. Being able to go one step further in offering mentoring to the college’s best and brightest pre-med minds is a win-win,” she says.
“The students are all so professional, interact with all of the medically related mentors we gather for them, and seem to truly appreciate it all. We all have followed up with students after the dinner, helped them with med school applications and encouraged them along their way once in school,” Chambers adds. “It is a fun and important night for all of us!”
About the Program: With the Student-to-Professional Mentoring Experience, OU Honors College partners with established alumni, corporate professionals and industry leaders host junior and senior undergraduates at special events tailored to support specific career paths. Up to 20 participants are exposed to networking opportunities, they learn best practices for securing internships and they receive advice for job interviews as they prepare for the professional world. The program is open to all majors.