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 can provide a supportive environment in which successes and failures can be evaluated.
Keep Learning from Your Trainees
The value of a mentorship isn’t just for the trainee - answering questions that trainees 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. While you impart new knowledge and perspectives to your trainess, you will also gain deeper insight into your own work.
OMS Mentoring Scheme
Mentoring is available to OMS trainees registered with RACDS. This scheme provides trainees 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 trainee and therefore be flexible and negotiable.
Although being linked with a mentor is not compulsory, it is strongly encouraged.
Additional information about mentoring, the agreement and advice forms can be found here.
Mentoring FRACDS(OMS) Forms:
OMS Supervisors of Training
Supervisors provide hands-on training, support and supervision to trainees.
Supervisors co-ordinate training within the hospital to ensure that each trainee obtains experience and responsibility appropriate to their level of training and is able to access all training and research opportunities that are available within the hospital, from the Regional Surgical Committee, ANZAOMS or the College.
Supervisors provide continuing assessment of trainees by giving constructive feedback and encouragement.