Peer to peer mentoring for graduate students

This is a one-on-one mentoring program between upper-year and lower-year graduate students within LMP.  

We piloted our graduate student mentoring program over the last few months. You gave us valuable feedback which has led us to make some significant changes to the program.

Students were finding it hard to identify suitable mentors on the Temerty Medicine Connect platform and often didn't know how to approach them.

Now you will complete a registration form and the mentoring team will match you to the most appropriate mentor, based on your responses.

You can register to be both a mentor and a mentee, depending on your needs and ability to commit the time.

Register as a peer to peer student MENTEE

Register as a peer to peer student MENTOR

Guidelines and expectations 

The LMP Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program is managed by the Confederation of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology Students (CLAMPS). 

Utilizing Temerty Medicine Connect (TMC), a third-party online platform, the goal of the program is to create an engaged graduate student community and enrich the overall graduate student experience within LMP.  

This program enables current graduate students to connect with a robust network of peers with diverse skill sets so they may be able to build a strong support structure within their field of study and learn how to succeed in graduate school. 

As mentors, this is an opportunity for graduate students to inspire the next generation of researchers and to build meaningful professional relationships.  

Program commitment and timeline

The mentorship program runs from February to August 2022.  

Once you start your mentoring relationship, we encourage mentors and mentees to meet online at least 2 to 3 times during the cycle.  

You may extend your mentoring relationship beyond the suggested timeframe if you choose. 

Now until December 20, 2021

Registration for the program is open (see buttons above)

Monday, November 15, 2021 (5:15 - 6:15 pm)

We will hold an orientation event. We'll tell you all about the program and how to use TMC. You'll have a chance to ask the team any questions you have. An invitation will come soon, so mark your calendar.

January 2022

The mentoring committee will go through your form and match you with a potential mentor.

February 2022

We will introduce mentors and mentees and you can start your mentoring relationship!

If your match doesn't work out, you can let us know and we will try again.

Spring 2022

We hope to hold a fun in-person networking event for all participants in the program, but that depends on COVID restrictions - we will let you know.

August 31, 2022

Deadline to complete the end of mentoring survey.

November 2022

We hold our annual mentoring celebration and kick-off event for the next cycle.

How the program works

You need to create a profile on Temerty Medicine Connect (TMC) if you haven't already done so. TMC enables:

  • us to post mentoring resources and communications
  • you to manage your mentoring relationship by logging meetings and milestones - it even has a video meeting function so you and your mentor/mentee can meet through the platform
  • you to network with others in the program, and our alumni

Register for the mentoring program by completing the form through Survey Monkey (see links above). This allows you to tell us a bit about you, what your goals are and what you want to get out of mentoring. The mentoring committee will use this information to match potential mentors and mentees.

We then introduce you to your mentor/mentee by email and connect you on TMC. 

It's up to you to decide when, how often and where you meet. You discuss and mutually agree goals and milestones for your mentoring relationship.

At the end of the program, you will fill out a survey to complete the program.

Check-ins  

CLAMPS will check in with mentors and mentees regularly and gather formal feedback in August. Mentees and mentors will have outlined goals for the mentoring process and will be asked to reflect on their progress. 

Mentor responsibilities  

This is a milestone-driven program.

Depending on the particular goals of the mentee, as a mentor, your responsibilities may include:  

  • helping to set short-term learning objectives and short-term and long-term career goals. 
  • recommending and/or creating specific learning or development opportunities, including leadership development. 
  • relaying and modeling the best practices, values, and culture within your field, including challenging aspects. 
  • recognizing strengths and areas for development for your mentee. 
  • providing valuable and constructive feedback. 
  • establishing personal boundaries, expectations and communication methods early on.  

A mentor is not... 

  • A tutor. 
  • A counselor. 
  • Someone the mentee approaches for a job. 

Student mentee responsibilities 

Mentees, you will get out of this program what you put into it. Make an effort to initiate meaningful conversations and lead the relationship to get the best experience! 

To get the best experience from the program, as a mentee, you will:  

  • be responsible to initiate communications with your mentor. 
  • take the lead in scheduling meeting times and locations. 
  • be respectful of your mentors’ time: be punctual and give advance notice of cancellations. 
  • prepare questions and issues to discuss in advance of the meeting. 
  • be willing to participate in an open and honest discussion about your background, interests, work experiences, and career goals. 
  • respect the confidentiality and privacy of your mentor. 

How to get help and support 

Contact CLAMPS: clampslmp@gmail.com

Or the department: lmp.grad@utoronto.ca 

Resources for mentors and mentees in LMP

For guidelines, how to tips and training. 
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