What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is a relationship that gives people the opportunity to share their professional and personal skills, and to grow and develop in the process. It is typically a one-on-one relationship between a more experienced person and a less experienced person, which is based upon encouragement, constructive comments, openness, mutual trust, respect and a willingness to learn and share. Mentoring should provide a supportive environment in which successes and failures can be evaluated.
Keep Learning from Your Mentees
The value of a mentorship isn’t just for your mentee - answering questions that younger people ask can help you clarify your own thinking. Your answers will force you to be explicit about the embedded rules and mental models you’ve been using to make decisions, reinforcing what you now know.
The Objectives of the MRACDS(GDP) Mentor Program
Mentoring is available to all MRACDS(GDP) candidates. This scheme provides candidates with the opportunity to have access to a mentor for general support, encouragement and professional guidance. The mentoring relationship must be determined by the needs of the candidate and therefore be flexible and negotiable.
To ensure impartiality, personal mentors have no role in their candidate’s assessment. Confidentiality between the candidate and personal mentor is critical, in order to establish an honest dialogue.
The Mentor's Role
- Be a practicing general dental practitioner and RACDS member or fellow
- Interact with candidates face to face, on the telephone or via email
- Be well versed in their program handbook
- Be able to advise candidates about their program
- Set realistic expectations for the relationship, for the candidate’s achievement and for your own involvement
- Act as a sounding board for ideas to offer new and different perspectives
- Facilitate and provide encouragement for self directed learning
- Alert the candidate to existing or new opportunities
The Benefits of being a MRACDS(GDP) Mentor
All MRACDS(GDP) mentors are entitled to attend any of the College-run courses connected to the MRACDS(GDP) Program. Mentors will be exempt from enrolment fees for these courses. Mentors will be eligible for CPD points associated with these courses.
If you are interested in becoming a MRACDS Mentor, please contact the RACDS on 02 9262 6044
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Mentoring Programs
Mentoring is also available for the FRACDS(OMS) Training Program