Innovative methods to support and develop medical educators using mentoring networks

Date:                    Saturday 25th August

Half Day:              1330-1630

Level:                    Introductory


  1. Caitriona Dennis, Leeds Institute of Medical Education, University of Leeds, UK
  2. Jools E Symons, Leeds Institute of Medical Education, University of Leeds, UK
  3. Patricia K. Kokotailo, MD, MPH; University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, USA

Summary of theme and why it is important:  Within medical education, there are many academic as well as personal challenges and transitions future care providers must face as their responsibilities increase.  Mentoring is an invaluable tool in ensuring guidance and support throughout personal and professional development. In changing educational and healthcare environments, there is a need to innovate our mentoring systems in order to meet the diversity of challenges faced by those teaching within medical education.  A strategic approach to designing and sustaining mentoring networks is tantamount to their success. Using discussion in dyads, and small and large groups, this workshop shall address approaches used to confront many of the common and universal challenges.

  1. Patient and Carer mentors – providing support to the student
  2. Education mentors to junior doctors – providing support in teaching during an overwhelming year of transition
  3. Mobile mentoring – considering time constraints of healthcare and academic staff
  4. Mentoring pools – finding a mentor for a particular issue/goal
  5. Online mentoring – eliminating location and time barriers
The successful mentor network can be adapted to suit needs, be accessible and be empowering to those in the mentoring community.

Who should participate in the Pre-Conference Workshop?  This workshop is for Mentors and Mentees and all interested in this form of support, including those wishing to develop a network.

What will they gain from participating?

  • A strategic approach to designing a mentor network suited to particular needs of the work/educational environment
  • Innovative ideas to sustain new and existing networks
  • An understanding of what is needed in mentoring in this current world
  • An opportunity to network with other mentors/network facilitators

Cost: Euros 90 (includes coffee)

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-conference Workshop participants must also register for AMEE 2019 and pay the conference fee.


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