Faculty mentorships offer professional development, peer support

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2019

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The Faculty of Medicine offers two mentorship programs to faculty members, under the leadership of Dr. Catherine Tsilfidis, assistant dean to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Dr. Paul Hendry, vice-dean, Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Women Faculty Mentoring Program

Established in 1994, the Women Faculty Mentoring Program has provided one-on-one mentoring for over two decades. In September, the program was restructured into monthly group mentoring sessions that foster peer-to-peer support and create a greater sense of community.

“The key goals of this program are to support and encourage academic promotion, enhance personal and professional development, and promote faculty development,” said Dr. Tsilfidis.  

Each monthly session focuses on a theme—such as promotion, negotiation, leadership and wellness—from the perspectives and experiences of female physicians and scientists.

To take part in this program, visit the program’s website for more information.

Continuing Professional Development’s Faculty Development Program

Overseen by the Office of Continuing Professional Development, the Faculty Development Program supports faculty members in their academic mission as teachers, researchers and administrators.

“We want our faculty members to excel in what they’re doing and mentorship can help people find that path to excellence,” said Dr. Hendry. “It’s about finding a balance between work, home, fitness and recreational. Your career is more than just your day-to-day work—it’s what you’re doing in totality.”

The program provides teaching skills enhancement to educators in the Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME), Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) and Graduate Studies programs, . It also offers skills development in communication, research, and leadership to help members advance in their academic careers and support their personal strategies for promotion.

In addition to workshops, there is also the option to obtain support through a pairing with a career development coach.

To take part in this program, visit the program’s website for more information.

This is the second part of a series on mentorship at the Faculty of Medicine. For part one, read last month’s story on mentorship for learners

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