Helpful Tips for Mentors
Common Topics for Discussion
- Resiliency in medical training and work-life balance (family, academic/training requirements, social and wellness).
- How to cope/deal with stress.
- How to manage difficulties, conflicts, decision making experiences along the way.
- Brainstorming on how to select specialty/area of interest.
- The “good, bad and ugly” of medicine.
- CaRMS and CaRMS interviews.
- What to look for in a residency position.
- What to look for in a post-residency position.
- Fellowships, locuming.
- How to develop a good support team.
- How to avoid common mistakes.
- How to handle the financial pressure of medical school.
Practical Advice for Mentors
- 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 in person per student (or group meeting if the students prefer) as needed throughout the academic year (July to June). Please note: if you are matched with a medical resident studying outside of New Brunswick, we understand this may not be possible.
- Touch base with your mentee a minimum of twice per year, whether it be in person or electronically.
- Up to 20 hours of mentor time is expected for mentors and learners to get the most out of the experience.
- Be open to feedback from those you are mentoring.
- Listen twice as much as you speak – ask open-ended questions.
- Be honest and candid with those you are mentoring.
- Empower and encourage rather than solve – you are not responsible for their choices.
- Respect and value your limits and boundaries.
- Serve as a resource for those you are mentoring as well as other mentors.
- Note: Mentors will receive an honorarium for each meeting they have with their mentees.
Other Tips on how to be a Good Mentor
- Clarify objectives with those you are mentoring and evaluate progress.
- Ensure you are meeting in a safe, appropriate setting conducive to good conversation.
- If you are worried about someone in your mentorship group, please feel free to discuss it confidentially with Meaghan Sibbett, manager of NBMS Wellness, who will help make referrals to available resources. All medical students, residents, attending physicians and their families have free access to NBMS Wellness by contacting Meaghan Sibbett, NBMS Wellness Manager, (506) 875-6749.