The Mentor Program provides students with the opportunity to focus on their own personal and professional development in an informal, supportive environment with an impartial person outside of their day-to-day relationships. Students participating in the program share survival tips and learn from the experiences shared by their student colleagues.
Students benefit in many ways from the Mentor Program. Mentors can help students set short-term learning objectives or long-term career goals, offer guidance on personal matters, provide networking opportunities, and help the students in areas such as communication, flexibility, and teamwork.
There are Mentor Programs in the Vancouver Fraser, Island, Northern and Southern Medical Programs. Each site’s program is different, but the goals of collegiality and connection are the same.
- Mentor Program – VFMP Students
- Mentor Program – IMP Students
- Mentor Program – NMP Students
- Mentor Program – SMP Students
How it works
First year students are introduced to their Mentor Group in the early part of their first semester. The group consists of 1-3 medical students from each year of the program and a physician mentor(s) who will help guide the group.
Some gatherings are formally arranged by the OSA at each site so as to ensure that new group members get a change to integrate with the group and meet their Mentor.
Each Mentor Group is also encouraged to arrange any events or activities amongst themselves throughout the school year. Second year students take the lead in connecting with the group’s Mentor, and in initiating plans for the group to get together.