Mentorship (Clinical Advisors)

At the start of their programs, each resident will be paired with a Resident Clinical Advisor.  Matches will be posted on the RESIDENTS page at the start of the program year.  


  1. Provide residents with an enhanced personal and professional residency experience via a relationship with an experienced hospital pharmacist mentor/advisor

  2. Provide hospital pharmacists with the opportunity to enhance the residency experience and professional development of a resident

What mentorship is:

Mentoring is “a dynamic and non-competitive nurturing process that promotes independence, autonomy, and self-actualization in the protégé while fostering a sense of pride and fulfillment, support, and continuity in the mentor”. [Valdez & Lund J Contin Ed Nurs 1993;24:259-63]

Outstanding Mentors:

  1. Exhibit admirable personal qualities, including enthusiasm, compassion, and selflessness;

  2. Act as a career guide, offering a vision but purposefully tailoring support to each mentee;

  3. Make strong time commitments with regular, frequent, and high-quality meetings;

  4. Support personal/professional balance; and

  5. Leave a legacy of how to be a good mentor through role modelling. [Am J Med 2011;124;453-458]

What mentorship is NOT:

  1. A relationship involving EVALUATION, SUPERVISION, or DISCIPLINE of residents

  2. Preceptorship. Mentorship is primarily personal, non-judgmental, and non-evaluative.

  3. Associated with administrative responsibilities. It is intended to enhance personal and professional fulfillment of both resident and mentor.

  4. A replacement for the Residency Program Ombudsperson, although mentorship relationships may complement the services provided by the Ombudsperson.

What mentorship can provide for RESIDENTS:

  • Increased independence, self-confidence, decision-making skills, problem-solving skills, job skills

  • Increased probability of success in the residency program

  • Enhanced outlook and attitudes about the profession

  • Increased appreciation of the value of mentorship, which they can perpetuate

  • Opportunity to spend time with influential people

What mentorship can provide for MENTORS:

  • Opportunities for reflective thinking

  • Personal satisfaction

  • Collaboration and collegiality

  • The opportunity to have a positive, lasting effect on an individual practitioner's life

  • The chance to help shape the profession and improve the quality of future practitioners

  • Recognition from the profession as a practitioner who is giving back to the profession by mentoring pharmacy's future leaders

Who is eligible to be a Clinical Advisor?

  • Ideally, clinical advisors will have involvement in the residency program (e.g.: a preceptor or other teaching role), but this is not required

  • Resident Advisors will be solicited and selected from our experienced residency preceptor pool; they should have completed a hospital pharmacy residency program and/or advanced pharmacy degree (with experiential learning as a component)

Expectations of a Resident clinical Advisor - Mentee relationship

The purpose of the Resident Clinical Advisor Program is to provide more structured and formal opportunities for our residents to connect with an experienced residency preceptor.   The Resident Clinical Advisor will closely monitor the resident’s performance throughout the course of the year, actively providing guidance, support and mentorship to the resident.

Responsibilities of the Resident Clinical Advisor include:

  • Initiating contact with the resident within 1 month of the start of their program

  • Maintaining open communication with the resident, meeting with the resident, either in-person or by phone, on a once monthly basis at a minimum

  • Following the resident’s progress through regular review of the resident’s rotation evaluations and ePortfolio posts, and discussing current progress, challenges faced, etc. with the resident at each monthly meeting. Resident Clinical Advisors will be provided access to their resident's evaluations via one45.

  • Providing guidance on their BC-wide case presentation or oral assessment preparation as requested by the resident

  • Being willing to discuss and/or provide guidance on issues of importance to the resident. This may include challenges faced on rotation, evaluation or performance hiccups, work-life balance, time management issues, career decisions, etc.

  • Participating in the longitudinal progress assessment meetings with the resident and Residency Coordinator

  • Advising the resident when to contact the Residency Coordinator

Responsibilities of the Resident mentee include:

  • Maintaining open communication with their Resident Clinical Advisor, touching base with their Advisor on a once monthly basis

  • Keeping their Advisor informed of important events in their residency life

  • Having realistic expectations of their Advisor, within the framework of their responsibilities listed above

The Resident Clinical Advisor Program does not discourage residents from seeking support, advice or mentorship from others as needed or desired.  The role of the Resident Clinical Advisor is intended to augment the support, guidance and direction provided by the Residency Coordinator to all LMPS residents.