Guidelines for mentors

Purpose of mentoring
● Sharing know-how at a strategic level.
● Assisting the mentee in identifying realistic career goals and planning to achieve them.
● Being available as a source of advice and support for junior colleagues as they encounter new clinical and professional challenges. This is particularly relevant to mentors of newer fellows who practice in remote locations.
 
Benefits of being a mentor
● By discussing issues with your mentee you will be renewing and developing your communication skills.
● Expanded network of colleagues.
● Opportunity to reflect on your own practices and goals.
● Your mentee can provide a fascinating link to what is happening with the up and coming specialist pain medicine physicians. 
 
Using the FPM mentoring program
The mentoring program is an informal, web-based facility that enables trainees and fellows to access details of more senior fellows willing to act as mentors. Guidelines have been prepared as a reference for mentors and mentees. The nature and duration of the mentor/mentee relationship are to be established by these two individuals with no oversight or obligations other than agreed by the two participants.
 
Requirements
● Mentors must be a fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine who are actively involved in pain medicine.
● It would be preferable to be practicing as part of a multidisciplinary team with no restrictions on practice.
● Mentors should be at least one year post award of FPM fellowship.
 
Expectations
● The needs of each mentee will be different and as such the form and terms of your mentoring relationship are variable and can be negotiated at the beginning of the relationship.
● Contact would ideally be at regular, predetermined intervals and in person. However, each relationship will be different and face to face contact may not be possible.
● Mentors may decline an application from a mentee.
● Mentors should have no more than two mentees.
● Either participant may terminate the mentor/mentee relationship at any time.
 
Logistics
● Email the Faculty office with the applicable information. The Mentoring Program Officer reviews applications before details are listed on the website.
● Once approved, your details will appear on the list of mentors and potential mentees will be able to contact you via the Faculty office.
● Following initial contact with a mentee, if you both agree to proceed, you and the mentee can negotiate the terms of your relationship.
● Once established, the relationship is expected to be maintained by the mentor and mentee without the need for external input.
● The Mentoring Program Officer who sits on the Professional Standards Committee will be available via the Faculty office to offer suggestions or mediation as required.
 
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