AIDA Mentoring Program
In 2017 AIDA is taking a new approach to mentoring and the ways in which our members can access mentoring relationships. One of the ways in which AIDA will provide mentoring opportunities is through the AIDA Mentoring Program.
The AIDA Mentoring Program is a six month program beginning in April 2017. It is open to all Indigenous medical student and doctor members who wish to be a mentor, mentee or both.
This year, the AIDA Mentoring Program will operate in two streams. One stream for Indigenous Doctors and one for Indigenous Medical Students. The programs are separated to allow the Student Representative Committee (SRC) to administer the student program which will form the SRC Project for 2017. The student program will trial self-selection on mentors by mentees and will be coordinated by AIDA Policy Officer, Raegina Taylor. The doctor program will be coordinated and facilitated externally by AltusQ which specialises in professional mentoring programs, with support from the AIDA secretariat.
Both programs will use the Mentorloop application which has been specifically tailored to the needs of AIDA members. Participants in the AIDA Mentoring Program will register through the Mentorloop application as a mentor, a mentee or both, providing information about areas they need/can provide guidance in. AIDA will use this information to match mentor/mentee pairs.
Resources and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.
AIDA 2016 Student Representative Committee project ‘Yarning about Mentoring’
AIDA produced this video in collaboration with the 2016 AIDA Student Representative Committee (SRC) to reflect on the importance of mentoring in supporting medical students navigate some of the challenges and barriers of university and medical school. The SRC talked to the AIDA Secretariat about the value of mentoring in finding common ground between themselves and people who could guide them through their studies; feeling a sense of belonging with a wider community and network; and the many ways in which mentoring can help medical students get through the ‘bad days’. AIDA recognises that mentoring is a life-long experience, that supports our members throughout the many and varied stages of their career development through education, training and workforce. This was a good opportunity to engage some of the future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctor workforce to talk about the importance of mentoring in their own experience of education, learning and professional development. AIDA would like to thank the participants for sharing their stories and agreeing to be a part of this project.
For further information on the AIDA Mentoring Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the AIDA Secretariat on (02) 6273 5013.