Helpful Tips for Mentors

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Common Topics for Discussion (Just a few)

  1. Resiliency in medical training and work-life balance (family, academic/training requirements, social and wellness).
  2. How to cope/deal with stress.
  3. How to manage difficulties, conflicts, decision make experiences along the way.
  4. Advice on what they “need” to know versus what is “nice” to know.
  5. Brainstorming on the “how to” select specialty/area of interest
  6. The “good, the bad and the ugly” of medicine.
  7. CaRMS – the DIY aspects as well as resources available to finding your way.
  8. What to look for in a residency position.
  9. What to look for in a post-residency position.
  10. How to develop a good support team
  11. How to avoid common mistakes.
  12. How to handle the financial pressure of medical school.

Practical Advice for Mentors

  1. Participation is key! Meetings or phone calls should be long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Ideally, you will connect in a meaningful way with all those in your mentorship group in regular intervals throughout the year. There is an expectation that you will:
    • Attend at least one individual meeting per student (or group meeting if the students prefer) as needed throughout the academic year (July to June)
    • Attend two events with all those in the mentorship group (eg. lunch, dinner, coffee, clinic tour, meeting, etc.).
  2. A total time-commitment of close to 20 hours is not unrealistic
  3. Be open to feedback from those you are mentoring.
  4. Listen twice as much as you speak – ask open-ended questions.
  5. Be honest and candid with those you are mentoring
  6. Empower and encourage rather than solve – you are not responsible for their choices.
  7. Respect and value your limits and boundaries.
  8. Serve as a resource for those you are mentoring as well as other mentors.
  9. Note: Mentors will receive a small reimbursement for each meeting they have with those they are mentoring based on the total number of program participants and available funds.

Other Tips on how to be a Good Mentor

  1. Clarify objectives with those you are mentoring and evaluate progress.
  2. Ensure you are meeting in a safe, appropriate setting conducive to good conversation.
  3. If you are worried about someone in your mentorship group, please feel free to discuss it confidentially with Dr. Jillian Horton, who will help make referrals to available resources. All medical students, residents and attending physicians also have free access to the Doctors Manitoba Physician & Family Support Program at 1-844-436-2762.