The PSRC Mentorship Program connects Research Council members to facilitate an incredible mentorship experience for mentors and mentees! The program is a 1-year time commitment and available to PSRC members. Pairs work together throughout the year connecting at affiliated meetings when possible with continuous communication by email and phone. You must be a PSRC Member to participate in this program, as it is a membership benefit. Apply for membership.
The 2022-2023 Mentorship Program application is now closed.
The Mentorship Program will offer the following options for the 2022-2023 cycle:
- For medical students - 1:1 mentorship with a resident mentor, and group mentorship in the form of webinars with mentorship panels, real-time discussion and interaction with faculty mentors.
- For residents - 1:1 mentorship with a faculty mentor. Resident mentees are also required to serve as mentors to medical students.
- For chief residents, fellows, or junior faculty (within first 3 years of practice) - Baronio’s Bridges into Practice, an aspect of the PSRC Mentorship Program that will focus on transition into academic practice with through 1:1 mentorship by faculty mentors. Baronio’s Bridges into Practice mentees are also required to serve as mentors to medical students.
- For faculty – the opportunity to mentor in the 1:1 structure, in the group setting for medical students, and/or as a Baronio’s Bridges into Practice mentor.
To make the most of your mentor or mentee experience, see this list of recommendations from Dr. David Larson.
|Characteristics of Good Mentoring
- Provides challenges: gives "stretch" perspectives and assignments (go beyond "comfort" zone)
- Accurate diagnoses and assessment of needs
- Reflective- guide rather than tell or dictate (don't expect that advice will be taken)
- Possesses respect and patience
- Shows sincere care and concern
- Spends time: preparing, meeting, and follow up
- Inspires by example
- Facilitates learning
- Develops skills and capacities
- Teaches, as needed and desired
- Challenge: projecting own qualities onto others- don’t look to generate a clone
||Guidelines in Mentoring
- Picking the right person (mentee driven)
- Listening rather than lecturing
- Can't allow mentee to leverage the mentor to gain advantage
- Don't use mentoring as a disciplinary tool (e.g. "keeping tabs" on residents/faculty)
- Don't gossip
- Improve dialogue and conversation skills and styles
- Socratic questioning (i.e. "Talk me through your thinking")
- Listening (we really don't do this very well)
- Offer options (not necessarily solutions)
- Don't give the answer, teach "how to think"
- Goes beyond teaching, it shows the mentee what they already know
- Work with mentors to establish a schedule of regular meetings
- Allow sufficient time to ask questions and discuss issues openly
- Arrive/be available promptly to all appointments
- Share information and ideas
- Continuously seek feedback in order to understand and clarify issues or questions
- Listen nondefensively, accepting constructive ideas for change and how their actions affect others
- Take the initiative to make things happen
- Keep the mentor informed of academic progress/difficulties
||Features to Consider in a Mentor
- Seek individuals who can provide you with honest guidance regarding your career development
- You need someone who will give you honest and constructive critiques of your work
- Someone with whom you have a common interest (e.g., clinical research, education, administration, teaching)
||Bernard Lee, MD and Susan Mackinnon, MD
||Arun K. Gosain, MD
||W.P Andrew Lee, MD