The Health Informatics Student Association (HISA) led by president and CHIP master's degree student, Ashley Victor, has collaborated with CHIP staff to offer mentoring and connections for incoming CHIP master’s students. Student mentors are current CHIP students paired with an incoming student to answer questions and offer advice prior to starting the program. Victor and master's student Adishri Ashok Sapute worked collaboratively to pair interested incoming CHIP students with current students. Erika Takeda, program coordinator for residential students, had the idea for such a program, but needed the HISA student organization to help make those connections. Ashley indicated that she is "excited about the interest in the program" and hopes it will help students with their transition to UNC and the CHIP program. Current CHIP mentors include Vidheesha Anandkumar Patel, Pamela Roxana Chacon Uscamaita, Adishri Ashok Sapute, and Tejaswini Velpuri.
HISA is a student led organization for health informatics students. In addition to the mentorship program, the organization plans social events and other get togethers for the CHIP cohort. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or being part of the organization, please reach out to Ashley Victor at email@example.com.