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The Rural Generalist Mentorship Stream

Inspired by successful models from Australia, the Rural Generalist Mentorship stream was informed by the critical role of professional identity formation for learners committed to rural practice. Recognizing the continuum of learning from undergraduate levels through to postgraduate training and into practice, this stream seeks to nurture this identity.

RGP Mentees

  • Who Are the mentees? Undergraduate learners enrolled in the RGP. Currently, there are 15 RGP students distributed across the first three years of their medical education.
  • The Commitment: Engage in 4-6 scheduled meetings per year with your mentor, either virtually or by phone, lasting between 30-60 minutes (up to 10 hours per year)
  • Tracking and Evaluation: In addition to meeting with mentors, mentees participate in program evaluation to help improve CAMINO.

RGP Mentors

Mentors are selected based on a decision matrix considering years in practice, geographic location, and shared interests. RGP mentors assist learners in understanding the role of rural generalists and support their professional identity development in the following ways:

  • Encourage mentees to explore their questions and goals through attentive listening and coaching-style questioning.
  • Support mentees in finding their best solutions and foster a broader sense of community and support through informal mentorship opportunities.

Time commitment: Mentors are expected to provide up to 10 hours per year of paid mentorship.