MENTORSHIP

Mentorship is a key component of the education and professional development of resident doctors. Mentorship fosters important network connections, supports residents in the development of their clinical, academic and non-academic skills, and helps to prepare the next generation of physicians for opportunities in academic and clinical areas of foci.

Mentors can become essential resources for advice and guidance pertaining to topics outside of the regular academic curriculum, such as research, career planning, networking, work-life balance, and transition into practice.

RDoC’s Role

RDoC has advocated for structured organizational and program support for mentorship in residency programs. Our focus in this area includes:

  • establishing a culture within Medical schools and their postgraduate departments that values and promotes mentorship;
  • ensuring that both residents and mentors have clearly defined roles, responsibilities, goals, and training on how to be an effective mentor or mentee; and
  • advocating for the development of practical resources and tools that support and foster mentoring relationships.

October 26, 2014: Mentoring: An empowerment tool to motivate and improve skills workshop
Presented at the International Resident Leadership Summit (IRLS) by Drs. Safiya Karim, Steve Hawrylyshyn, and Jerry M. Maniate.

October 2014: Mentorship Scorecard Released
This scorecard presented data from the 2013 CAIR national survey.

August 2013: Delegate Motion on Mentorship Approved
This motion, presented by Dr. Jesse Pasternak and Dr. Gillian Shiau, was approved during a Strategic Session on Physician Resources at the CMA General Council Annual Meeting.

April 22, 2013: Mentorship in Canadian Residency Programs Presentation
Dr. J. Jaswal, Education & Professionalism Committee presented this topic at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME).

June 2013: Position Paper Released
RDoC released our position paper, Mentorship in Residency.

2012: Mentorship Questions
RDoC developed questions on mentorship for the RDoC National Resident Survey to assess the status of the topic in Canadian residency programs.

2012: Mentorship Principles
RDoC Board of Directors identified mentorship during residency as a priority area for the organization. RDoC began developing broad principles on mentoring and evaluating the feasibility of developing a mentor-mentee match database for residents.

October 26, 2014: Mentoring: An empowerment tool to motivate and improve skills
Workshop at the International Resident Leadership Summit (IRLS) by Drs. Safiya Karim, Steve Hawrylyshyn, and Jerry M. Maniate.

April 22, 2013: Mentorship in Canadian Residency Programs
Presented at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) by Dr. J. Jaswal, Education & Professionalism Committee.

  • Assess the value and usefulness of implementing an informal, confidential and online mentorship program as an additional resource and support mechanism for medical students in their career decision making processes.