The purpose of the Research Mentorship program is to provide an opportunity for UBC Medical Students to explore a career in health research and to encourage them to seek out research possibilities to complement their medical careers. This program is modeled after successful programs that provide research mentorship to students as they move through medical and surgical specialties.
Each student is responsible for contacting a Mentor, and the extent of the Mentor-Mentee relationship will be entirely up to the Mentor-Mentee. It may simply be a correspondence over email, or may involve a face-to-face meeting at which a detailed explanation of the Mentor’s research and research methodologies would be provided to the student.
Although Mentors are not expected to provide projects or research resources to Mentees, arrangements may be made at the Mentor’s discretion. It is hoped that the Mentee will gain positive experiences about the day-to-day activities involved in any of the diverse areas of health research ranging from population health and outcomes studies through clinical trials to basic biomedical research. It is intended that the Mentee will develop a relationship with a supportive Mentor who can provide guidance on career development, including how to balance professional and personal obligations, or how to undertake health research in an ethical manner and balancing clinical workloads with the demands of research.
If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please send your contact information, as well as a brief paragraph to describe your current health research project(s), to Bryan Wong (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Researchers from the following Departments, Schools, and/or Research Centres have volunteered to be Mentors:
- BC Cancer Agency
- Biomedical Research Centre
- Cellular & Physiological Sciences
- Centre for Blood Research
- Family Practice
- Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
- Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre
- Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
- Population & Public Health
- Urologic Sciences
- Island Medical Program