The project, open to both Canadian Medical Graduates (CMGs) and International Medical Graduates (IMGs) seeks to ease the transition of physicians new to rural practice and increase rural retention by giving mentees access to experienced and well-respected rural physician mentors who can provide critical support and guidance during this difficult transition period.
The program is free for mentees and involves a time commitment of approximately 17 hours over an eight-month period. Mentors and mentees will meet 10 times during this period either in person, by telephone, or online, depending on mentor’s location. At the program’s conclusion, all participants will receive up to 17.0 Mainpro-C or MOC Section 1 credits for their work in this program.
Successful mentee applicants will be invited to review profiles of available mentors and will be able to rank their top three preferred mentors. Though the program is formal in design, each mentoring pair will be able to negotiate virtually all aspects of the relationship including the frequency, length, and format of meetings, as well as the scope of the relationship. Mentees will be able to create learning goals that will then be used to guide mentoring meetings and the relationship.
Several mentors are still available and are willing to be matched. If you are a physician new to rural practice in BC and would like to apply for the Rural Physician Mentoring Program, download the information package at www.ubccpd.ca/rural/mentoring or contact Ashra Kolhatkar (firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-875-4111, ext 21440) for more information.
UBC RCPD will be accepting mentee applications until July 2014.
A research study called An Evaluation of the Rural Physician Mentoring Program has been fully integrated into all the program activities and will be published after the conclusion of the pilot program.