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Deconstructing successful mentoring relationships: A workshop for mentors to develop effective mentoring relationships targeting mentees' professional growth

Day: Sunday 28 August
Time: 0930-1230
Venue: Lyon Congress Centre

Presenters: Subha Ramani1, Gary Rogers2, Richard Hays3, Kirsty Forrest4, Jo Bishop4, Harish Thampy5, Ardi Findyartini6, Vishna Devi Nadarajah7, Elizabeth Kachur8, Helena Filipe9, Teri Lee Turner10, Keith Wilson11, Alice Fornari12, Rashmi Kusurkar13
1 Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
2 Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
3 James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
4 Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
5 University of Manchester, UK
6 University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
7 International Medical University, Kuala  Lumpur, Malaysia
8 Medical Education Consulting, New York, USA
9 University of Lisbon, Portugal
10 Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA
11 Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
12 Northwell Hofstra, New York, USA
13 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Background: Many successful professionals can point to inspiring mentors who guided and influenced them along their career. Whereas traditional mentoring models emphasise dyadic long-term relationships between junior mentees and senior mentors, newer models are more flexible and include short-term relationships, peer and group mentoring, and mentor networks that offer varying perspectives on a single challenge or goal. Regardless of format, mentoring relationships should provide a safe and supportive environment for mentees to reflect on their strengths and limitations and formulate professional development plans, facilitated by mentors. However, mentors rarely receive training on the mentoring process, they are often ill equipped to face challenges when taking on major mentoring responsibilities. This interactive workshop will discuss core mentoring skills and theoretical underpinnings, designing mentoring programs, mentoring challenges, etiquette and ethics of mentoring relationships.
Who Should Participate: All levels of health professions educators who are mentors; Educators who wish to reflect on and refine their own mentoring practices; Educators interested in developing mentoring programs at their institution
Structure of Workshop: Introductions and Workshop goals

  • PERSONAL Knowing the audience: Name, institution, mentoring role; 2 goals for development as a mentor; Starting a mentoring relationship- (story telling and facilitated discussion by 3 mentors)

  • INTERPERSONAL Large group- Definitions of mentoring, formats, distinguishing from role-models and coaches. Case vignettes- small groups and reports (Conflict of interest issues; Who is responsible for maintaining the relationship/ setting expectations; Maintaining mentoring relationships as professional roles evolve; Intra vs Inter institutional mentoring relationships; Bringing closure to a mentoring relationship). Mentoring networks: A new concept in mentoring relationships. Mentoring across differences.

  • INSTITUTIONAL Designing mentoring programmes- key things to consider. What would you like to see in an institutional mentoring program to motivate and engage mentors? (undergraduate, postgraduate and faculty levels)- groups and report back.

  • Q and A and Wrap up

Intended Outcomes:

  • Reflect on various aspects of mentoring using the framework of personal, interpersonal and institutional perspectives

  • Identify their own personal motivations to serve as a mentor

  • Acquire new understanding and skills in relation to mentoring and relationship building

  • Apply guiding principles and a systematic approach to development of institutional or professional mentoring programmes

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