LMP Mentorship Program

Program Goals

  • To provide a welcoming atmosphere for new faculty by
    • assisting faculty members with career planning and advancement
    • increasing awareness and knowledge about opportunities in teaching, research and creative professional activity
  • To enhance academic productivity, career satisfaction and retention of faculty
  • To provide an introduction to LMP, the Faculty of Medicine and the University of Toronto.

Program Highlights

  • LMP’s Mentorship Program will support the development of the mentee’s scholarly activities (research, teaching and clinical skills), in addition, to promoting career satisfaction and optimal career management.
  • The mentor-mentee relationship will be a no-fault relationship and can be terminated at any time by either party without any repercussion to either party.
  • An LMP Mentorship Award will be established to recognize the value of mentors and will be overseen by the LMP Mentoring Committee.

Mentees

  • The program is open to all LMP faculty members at any stage of their career, with a focus on faculty in the early stages of their careers.
  • If the mentor-mentee relationship ends prior to the 3-year review, the Mentoring Committee will work with the mentee to assign another mentor. At the request of the mentee and with the agreement of the mentor, the mentor-mentee relationship may continue beyond the 3-year review and will be supported by the LMP Mentoring Committee. However, continuation of the mentor-mentee relationship beyond the 3-year term is not mandatory.  If the mentor does not wish to continue, the mentee can ask for another mentor and the Mentorship Committee will help the mentee find another mentor.
  • Mentees will have input into the matching process, i.e. mentees will have the opportunity to request a specific mentor or an additional mentor to that assigned.
  • Roles and Responsibilities:
    • Take responsibility for making arrangements to meet with mentor at least 3x per year
    • Prepare short term and long term goals to be discussed with their mentor
    • Consult with mentor to plan/ decide on career path (research vs. CPA vs. teaching)
    • Prepare an updated activity report to be reviewed by the mentor at least one week prior to their meeting.
    • Participate in faculty development opportunities offered by the department and/or Faculty of Medicine (e.g. Centre for Faculty Development workshops)
    • Participate in the evaluation of the mentoring program

Mentors

  • Mentors provide confidential counsel and assist in the goal of promoting a successful academic career – academically, clinically and personally. The mentor is senior enough to provide useful counsel and is knowledgeable about the discipline of the faculty member, but is distant from lines of reporting and evaluation.
  • Mentors do not have a direct reporting relationship with respect to the mentee, at either a clinical, teaching or research level, unless the mentee requests that the mentor be involved in assessments.
  • Mentors are usually LMP faculty as they would be aware of the department’s expectations, resources and processes. A non-LMP faculty member may be the preferred mentor, or a team of mentors may be requested. Mentors can be sought from other departments from within or external to the University of Toronto.
  • Mentor participation is voluntary and each mentor will be assigned no more than 2 mentees at a time.
  • Roles and Responsibilities:
    • Meet with mentee at least 3 times per year
    • Review all relevant material that mentee provides
    • Help mentees set appropriate professional goals, focus on a career path (i.e. research or CPA or teaching) and advise on specific expectations for promotion
    • Encourage and help facilitate scholarly activities for the mentee including advice on seeking research funding, publication and authorship of manuscripts, introduction to key national/international figures in the mentees’ area of interest and development of key skills such as teaching, and assistance in any other aspects necessary for mentee to succeed (e.g. non-academic life).
    • Participate in mentoring training opportunities offered by the department or and/or the Faculty of Medicine (e.g. Centre for Faculty Development workshops)
    • Participate in the evaluation of the mentoring program

LMP Mentorship Committee

Cathy Streutker, Vice Chair of Promotions & Mentorship and Chair, LMP Mentorship Committee
Samir Patel, Assistant Professor, Public Health Ontario and Vice Chair, LMP Mentorship Committee
George Charames, Assistant Professor, Mt. Sinai Hospital
Alain Dabdoub, Associate Professor, Sunnybrook Research Institute
Jeannie Callum, Associate Professor, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Stephen Girardin, Professor, Campus
David Hwang, Professor, University Health Network
Vathany Kulasingam, Associate Professor, University Health Network
Fang-I Lu, Assistant Professor, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Michael Pickup, Assistant Professor, Ontario Forensic Pathology Service
Simon Raphael, Associate Professor, North York General Hospital
Susan Richardson, Professor, Hospital for Sick Children