I am excited to announce that we have recently kicked off the TFI Clinical Medicine Mentoring program for Semester 2 of 2021.
This program was born out of the need for increased clinical skills teaching in a post COVID-19 era. During this time, many students were taken off placement and hence lost the opportunity to practice clinical skills such as taking histories and performing examinations and procedures on real-life patients under the supervision of qualified clinicians. This continues to be disrupted from ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and risks impacting the clinical skillset of the next generation entering the healthcare workforce.
We have dedicated clinicians from leading hospitals across Victoria, spanning from the Alfred to Bendigo Health, who have kindly volunteered their time to mentor clinical medical students. Where possible, we have matched mentors to mentees according to site and specialty interest in order to best facilitate in-person sessions. We will continue to support mentors and mentees to ensure they are benefitting from their sessions.
The program will run for the duration of Semester 2 this year, after which we will leave it up to mentors and mentees to decide if they would like to continue their partnership, external to our program. Depending on the success of the program, we hope to run the program in future years and open applications up to new medical students and clinicians.
I would like to thank Edmund Khong and Rebekka Jerjen for their assistance as the Mentoring Program Leads in developing the program and continuing to oversee its progress.
Clincial Medical Lead