Medical Education

Peer on Peer Mentoring

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    Mentoring plays an important role in medicine and it is thought to increase wellbeing, support, career growth and empowerment.

    Why Peer on Peer Mentoring?

    Peers in medicine have an impact on one another and many benefits derive from fostering peer on peer relationships (Colvin and Ashman, 2010).

    • Enabling others to be successful;
    • Building on friendships within the workplace.
    • Encouraging self-reflection and enhanced professionalism; and
    • Creating a learning environment that fosters diversity through different perspectives and experiences.

    How RCH Peer on Peer Mentoring Works

    Peer mentoring groups are 3 to 6 peers with similar backgrounds of relevance who meet to discuss specific questions and topics of shared interest. The peer groups are self-selected and made up of individuals of similar gender, specialty, career aspirations or research background etc.

    For peer mentor groups to work, expectations, boundaries and roles need to be defined (Reid, 2008). In addition, appropriate guidance, support and structure of the peer group enhances group success (Files, Blair, Mayer & Ko, 2008).

    Online Resources

    To help guide the mentoring process, we have developed online modules and resources with everything you need to know.

    Click here to preview Peer Mentoring via Learning HERO

    To register your interest please contact:

    Clare Polley 
    Medical Education Officer
    The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
    Mentor Coordinator
    Department of Paediatrics at RCH
    The University of Melbourne
    Telephone 9345 5268
    Mobile 0401567 266
    clare.polley@rch.org.au