Mentoring

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” - George Eliot

 

DFCM faculty members can access the DFCM Mentorship Network to find a mentor or become a mentor.  Please note that the mentor matching service is available to DFCM faculty only.

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Mentor-matching service

The network provides highly reputable mentors who can function as sounding boards, advisors and networkers in a variety of areas including, but not limited to the following areas:

  • Clinical and teaching roles
  • Career and personal balance
  • Academic career development
  • Career development and leadership
  • Teaching and medical education
  • Resources and supports for faculty members who wish to become mentors

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Our mentors

I like to mentor others because:

It’s important.
It feels rewarding to know that I can help.
It is rewarding to see talented young people succeed.
I enjoy the exchange of ideas.
I know that I have benefitted from the help of a mentor in my career and I hope I can be useful to others.
It feels like the right thing to do at this stage of my career.
I feel I can "give back" in a meaningful way.
It is important for people to feel connected and supported.
I enjoy supporting others in the career development.t
This wonderful profession has taught me more than I expected about the many ways to serve, to teach, to negotiate and also about I love meeting new people and making a difference.
There is a mutual give and take.
I enjoy sharing my experiences.
I believe in "paying it forward."
It’s fulfilling and stimulating; new faculty are the future.
I've learned some things that are worth passing on.
I want to give back.
We both learn and improve.

What mentors can bring to a mentoring relationship.
Enthusiasm.
Encouragement.
Experience with Professional Development.
Experience as a community physician involved in faculty development and academic medicine
Willingness to share my experience while acknowledging others may have different opinions.
My large network of colleagues.
An open mind.
Experience from 35 years in academic family medicine.
Analytical listening.
A sense of humour.
Commitment to the mentoring relationship.
A relatively calm presence.
Support for the mentee's agenda - willing to help you find answers.
An honest sounding-board.

What mentors look for from a mentee.
An understanding that the process can take time.
Desire to solve a problem, not just complain about how things are.
Open, flexible, positive, inquisitive.
Someone who shows initiative and enthusiasm for their work.
Motivated to engage in mentor-mentee experience.
Curious, not opinionated.
The ability to self-reflect honestly.
Curiosity.
Honesty, sense of humour, enthusiasm.
Willingness to change.
Someone who is looking to broaden their horizons.

Resources and support

  • Foster and support new mentoring relationships
  • Complement the important informal mentoring that currently exists
  • Facilitate the sharing of relevant and useful mentorship materials and resources
  • Download a DFCM Mentorship Network brochure

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What others say about mentoring

"I think that as I traced back to the first opportunities, and I think I can trace everything back to an individual, a mentor, who opened doors and provided opportunities for me to take which led to other opportunities which this mentor then expanded on the networking and the opportunities...I think clearly it is an informal mentorship relationship, but obviously I think the mentor saw something in me that, you know,led him to develop this relationship and why he opened these doors."

"I reflect back now and I see the vision that the mentors had in me to kind of, sort of say, 'we think you can do it. We know it will not be perfect and it will be really really hard, but we see in you that you can do this.' "

"I think that having somebody connect with you, identify you as somebody with potential early on, and provide some ongoing mentorship over time would have helped me along. And I didn't really have that, it's been quite fragmented to be honest, and that is why I've become very involved in the mentorship network, and actively said, 'okay, I'm going to identify a couple of people who I think have potential. 'And participate quite fully in that."

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Guiding principles for mentorship through the DFCM Mentorship Network

  • Mentorship is a dynamic, reciprocal relationship leading to positive change both for the career development of the involved individuals and for the cultural development of the department.
  • Important and necessary factors in successful mentoring relationships are a shared value system, and mutual respect.
  • The DFCM Mentorship Network is designed to complement the important informal mentoring that is already happening. Participation in this process is entirely voluntary. Mentoring in the DFCM is seen as a “no-fault” relationship, and either person has the option of withdrawing at any time, without risk or harm.

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Resources for mentors

Perhaps you are already a mentor or interested in becoming one.

See our resources for mentors, such as The Key Elements of Effective Mentoring.

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Wish to become a mentor?

Faculty who wish to become a mentor through the DFCM’s Mentorship Network are nominated by their Chiefs or local PD representatives.

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