CAMP launches new offerings for mentors/coaches

Submitted by UBC Rural CPD

The physicians who generously offer their time, skills, and knowledge to support their rural colleagues are the backbone of UBC RCPD’s Coaching and Mentoring Program (CAMP). We recognize the vital contribution of our mentor/coaches and the challenges they face, and we help them to feel confident in their role by providing enhanced supports and ongoing learning opportunities. If you’re interested in mentoring or coaching but don’t know where to start, or if you’re already a seasoned peer mentor and would like to enhance your skills, our program is here to help you grow as a supportive colleague. 

Since April 2020, we have trained 27 physicians in our newly redesigned Orientation and Skill Development Check-in sessions with many attending multiple Check-ins. In these virtual small-group learning sessions, facilitators review key topics like creating the alliance, asking powerful questions and providing effective feedback, and offer opportunities to practice, debrief and ask questions. Mentor/coaches may also utilize this space to share their successes, challenges and fears, and connect with other supportive colleagues. Sessions are optional, accredited and attendees are paid a sessional rate for their time. We are always improving the sessions based on our mentor/coaches’ feedback and needs, and we’re currently developing new topics including brief action planning, agenda setting and summarizing/paraphrasing to deliver in the Fall.  

We’ve welcomed two new facilitators to develop and lead these sessions. Both of them bring a breadth of knowledge in coaching/mentoring principles, and how to apply them in a rural medical context. Dr. Bruce Hobson is a retired family physician from Powell River with over a decade of formal and informal peer mentorship experience, and Dr. Cecile Andreas is a family physician and Professional Certified Coach who has been practicing as a coach since 2014. Bruce and Cecile have practiced rural medicine, they understand the environment you and your mentee/coachees are working in, and they can help you utilize mentoring and coaching skills and techniques to support your colleagues in a complex healthcare landscape. 

As valuable as these virtual sessions are, we also understand it can be difficult to carve out time while balancing a busy medical practice and home life. We’re launching online educational modules so participants can learn many of these skills at their own pace and convenience. Lessons on listening, creating the alliance, structuring the conversation and providing effective feedback will be available to all CAMP participants through our Online Portal in September 2020. 

If you would like to support a colleague and enhance your coaching and mentoring skills, we invite you to sign up for CAMP. When you sign up to be a mentor/coach, you can also sign up to receive support yourself, or engage in bidirectional peer mentorship if you and a colleague would like to link up and learn from each other. 

UBC Rural CPD’s Coaching and Mentoring Program (CAMP) links rural physicians to just-in-time peer support in areas such as emergency medicine, transitions in practice, palliative care and more. Because peer support can take many forms, ranging from one-on-one phone calls to direct practice observation and feedback, we offer a suite of resources so participants can adapt the program to their specific needs. Mentor/coaches are paid a sessional rate for their time, and both mentor/coaches and mentee/coachees receive Mainpro+ and MOC Section 1 study credits. 

More information and program details can be found at https://ubccpd.ca/camp. If you’re interested in talking more about how the program could work for you, email Program Coordinator Jenna Lightbody at camp.rcpd@ubc.ca.