“HOW CAN I HELP YOU TO SUCCEED?”: THE YOUNG EAP MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
The EAP recognizes that mentorship is critical in helping to nurture and grow future leaders and that a mentorship program is a great opportunity to engage new and existing young members. Mentorship has been shown to be a very important tool for professional development as it has been linked to greater productivity, professional satisfaction and career advancement.
The Young EAP Mentorship Program is an essential part of the Young EAP Leadership Program and seeks to establish mentoring relationships between Young EAP members (mentees) and EAP members (mentors).
WHAT ARE THE GOALS?
The Young EAP Mentorship Program aims to promote EAP career and leadership development. Mentors and mentees will form professional partnerships and share educational, advocacy, innovation, and/or research interests. Young EAP mentees will gain a trusted and experienced advisor, have an opportunity to consult about challenges encountered while conducting (Young) EAP projects and explore options to enhance career advancement. EAP mentors will have opportunities to further develop leadership skills, support Young EAP mentees in growing into leadership roles, and learn about emerging trends from the next generation of paediatricians.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
To facilitate the matching process, mentors and mentees will prepare a short biography (200 words), which will be displayed on the website, and complete an online mentor/mentee profile form, which will be only visible for participants. The profile form collects information on education, training, subspecialty interests, educational/advocacy/innovation/research interests, and the amount of time the participant is willing to commit.
The Young EAP Core Group will take care of the matching process. Mentor/mentee pairs will have the ability to meet in person (locally, if they choose a local match and/or during EAP meetings) and to meet virtually.
WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT?
Mentors are asked to commit at least one full academic year, which can be extended to a period of 3 years (duration of Young EAP membership).
Mentors/mentees are encouraged to set regular phone meetings (at least every 2 months) and meet in person during the EAP Spring and Winter Meetings to discuss mentee goals, questions, challenges and progress. Mentors/mentees are expected to answer all communications in a timely manner. Mutual confidentiality of all communication is agreed upon to enable an open exchange on all aspects that may arise.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
This program is open to all Young EAP members. All EAP members in good standing are invited to participate.
EXAMPLE GOALS/ISSUES TO DISCUSS:
- Setting professional a/o change goals;
• Defining career trajectory, e.g. clinical vs. academic career paths;
- • Dealing with conflicting professional and personal priorities;
• Professional network extension;
• Successful strategies to overcome barriers or challenges.
1 year pilot with 5 mentor-mentee pairs which will be evaluated during the EAP Winter Meeting 2019: what have we learned?
After pilot: development of “train the mentors-program” (led by EAP mentors)