The College of Medicine Mentoring Programs are dedicated to enhancing, supporting and growing the academic environment by establishing a culture of mentoring at the College of Medicine, which will, among the others, benefit and promote Saskatchewan as the best place to live and practice Medicine.

Student-to-Student Mentorship

(PM)^2 Peer Mentoring Program

The (PM)^2 Peer Mentoring Program is a peer support program designed to match first year students with upper-year students, with a goal to create a supportive community among students.

Often new students confronted with an academic or personal problem will seek out advice first from a Peer Mentor and only with encouragement will that student contact others in the university, such as counselors, faculty, or administrators.

Benefits of Being a Mentor

To become a Peer Mentor, an experienced student does not have to do extra work but to think about their interactions with fellow students in a new way.

  • Making a difference in the lives of first-year students
  • Enhancing professional and leadership development through an expended network of colleagues among other mentors and students
  • Increased self-esteem, self- confidence and affirmation of leadership competence
  • Eligibility to be nominated for the COM Award for Excellence in Mentoring: Mentor of the Year, which is a $ 1,000 cash award

 Benefits of Being a Mentee

The (PM)^2 Peer Mentoring  is dedicated to engaging and empowering first-year students to successfully navigate their College of Medicine experience.

  • Camaraderie and better opportunity to feel a sense of belonging
  • Access to a support system during critical stages of their academic and leadership development
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence when dealing with new people and situations that come with the college experience.

How do I become a Peer Mentor?

PULSE

Peers United by Leadership and Skills Enhancement (PULSE) gives undergraduate medical students the opportunity from various years to collaborate. It also empowers students who want to learn the art of teaching and educating others, as well as giving/receiving quality feedback. Considering these skills are an expectation of students entering residency, and highly important abilities used every day by physicians, PULSE helps to meet that need for student mentorship/teaching initiatives.

PULSE is the College of Medicine’s brand new, student-run, peer-to-peer clinical skills mentorship program. PULSE was created specifically with students’ interests and needs in mind. It was designed to provide a valuable opportunity for medical students in different years to connect and share knowledge, to gain skills in mentorship, and to foster a sense of camaraderie in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. PULSE will allow all interested 1st year medical students to connect with and learn from 2nd year medical students in the MD program, and facilitate confidence building and clinical skills enhancement (history taking, physical exam, imaging interpretation, oral presentations, and more), while promoting meaningful peer connections. In turn, PULSE doubles as an excellent opportunity for interested 2nd year medical students to engage in teaching and mentoring, and to practice/review relevant material for their own learning.

If you are interested in participating in PULSE or would like to learn more about this program, please email Adam Neufeld.  

PRISM

Pre-clerkship Introduction to Specialties in Medicine (PRISM)

The Pre-clerkship Introduction to Specialties in Medicine (PRISM) program is a two-week program in the summer that offers first-year medical students the ability to learn about medical specialties that are currently underrepresented in the pre-clerkship curriculum. This program is highly student-oriented. It is meant to help reduce stress and to guide career-minded decisions. Additionally, specialties represented in the program are flexible based on the interests of the current student cohort.

A survey will be sent out each year to measure student interest in the program. It will allow students to identify specialties that they would like to learn more about. Based on this information, PRISM directors will organize appropriate specialty-specific workshops, skills circuits, shadowing experiences, simulations, and lunchtime discussions for the students to participate in during their two-week experience. 

Benefits of PRISM

  • Getting increased exposure to specialties of interest before starting clerkship
  • Networking with other physicians and residents
  • Trying new hands-on skills
  • Participating in various organized shadowing experiences

Below is an example of the two-week schedule students will rotate through:

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For more information, contact prism.usask@gmail.com

Physician-to-Student Mentorship

Synergy Mentoring Program

The Student-Physician Synergy Mentoring Program pairs a uSask MD student with a practicing physician in a formalized mentoring relationship. Mentors not only have the opportunity to influence the future of healthcare, but both research and experience suggest that mentoring relationships lead to increased job satisfaction, a new fond interest in one’s work and self-development.Dr. Gary Groot and Cheyenne Lawton
The Synergy Mentoring Program pairs a U of S MD student with a practicing physician in a formalized mentoring relationship.
The mentor-mentee relationship can last a lifetime, but it begins with dedicating one hour per month of your time to an open conversation between Mentor and Mentee via:
  • One-on-one interaction
  • Internet communication
  • Phone call or text
  • Other form of communication
The goal of SYNERGY is to inspire learning and encourage lasting relationships by facilitating mutually beneficial interactions between the students of the College of Medicine and the physicians of Saskatchewan.

Student-to-Community Mentorship

USask MD students have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a Saskatoon child and to contribute to the community outside of the university. The program involves mentoring in a student’s elementary school and being a positive role model in their life. Mentors are asked to commit to a visit once a week, but it can be flexible if something prevents a mentor from attending on a regular day. A mentor’s chosen time during the week can also vary based on their availability and what is arranged with the student’s teacher. Many mentors from the College of Medicine are located at St. Michael’s on 33rd Street, which has an amazing staff and numerous activities for mentors and mentees.

Possible activities include going outside to play sports, board games, gym activities, cooking, crafts, computers, joining them on field trips, reading, etc.

Sign up today as there are many more children still waiting for mentors! Not only do mentors impact the lives of children in a tremendous way, having volunteer and leadership experience in the community is important when applying for the residency match.

To sign up for the BBBS mentorship program or for more information, email school mentoring caseworker, Jennifer Humble. Please indicate that you are an MD student at the College of Medicine.

The 2SLGBTQIA+ Mentorship Program is a student-run initiative for 2SLGBTQIA+ medical students, residents, and physicians. It aims to create a safe space for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in medicine to meet, share experiences, and provide each other with mutual support. The program facilitates mentorship through organized large group meetings in Saskatoon and Regina. Members are encouraged to use these meetings to arrange informal one-on-one mentorship if they so choose.

Benefits
Navigating the medical profession can be uniquely challenging for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals at all levels of training. A safe space to freely discuss issues relating to gender/sexual identity, as well as an opportunity to meet 2SLGBTQIA+ peers, can help combat feelings of isolation. Resident and physician mentors will serve as positive role models, and will have the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge with the mentees.

Medical students involved in this program will receive guidance and support from the mentors. They will be exposed to a variety of 2SLGBTQIA+ perspectives and medical specialties in the large group meetings, which will promote personal and professional development. They will have a supportive environment in which they can explore their own 2SLGBTQIA+ identity, while also gaining lifelong connections and a sense of community.

Confidentiality
Many 2SLGBTQIA+ medical students, residents, and physicians are not “out” to their peers and they may wish to remain this way for personal or professional reasons. For this reason, we ask that all members maintain confidentiality pertaining to group membership.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please send us an email.

Contact

Sara Bryson
Administrative Assistant 
Student Services/Career Advising & Mentoring 
Tel: 306-966-7275

Saskatoon  

Stephanie Marshall
Coordinator for Career Advising
& Mentoring

(On Maternity Leave)

Sheldon Mollenbeck
Coordinator for Career Advising & Mentoring

Dr. Sachin Shah
Career Advisor
Tel: 306-966-7275
Dr. Lee Kolla
Career Advisor
Tel: 306-966-7275

Regina

Dr. Megan Clark
Career Advisor
Tel: 306-966-7275

Note: Career Advisors meet with current MD students. If you have questions regarding Admissions, please contact USask College of Medicine Admissions.