At the start of their programs, each resident will be paired with a Resident Advisor and a near-peer mentor. Matches will be posted on the RESIDENTS page at the start of the program year.
Provide residents with an enhanced personal and professional residency experience via a relationship with an experienced hospital pharmacist mentor and/or “near peer” mentor who has recently succeeded in the residency program
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]
Exhibit admirable personal qualities, including enthusiasm, compassion, and selflessness;
Act as a career guide, offering a vision but purposefully tailoring support to each mentee;
Make strong time commitments with regular, frequent, and high-quality meetings;
Support personal/professional balance; and
Leave a legacy of how to be a good mentor through role modelling. [Am J Med 2011;124;453-458]
What mentorship is NOT:
A relationship involving EVALUATION, SUPERVISION, or DISCIPLINE of residents
Preceptorship. Mentorship is primarily personal, non-judgmental, and non-evaluative.
Associated with administrative responsibilities. It is intended to enhance personal and professional fulfillment of both resident and mentor.
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
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
What mentorship can provide for the ORGANIZATION and the PROFESSION:
Attraction and retention of staff
Residents become mentors themselves
Positive organizational image is strengthened
Culture of collaboration and collegiality is strengthened
Successful outcomes lead to strengthening of the profession
Who is eligible to be a mentor?
LMPS staff pharmacists based at any of our residency teaching sites who have completed a hospital pharmacy residency program and/or advanced pharmacy degree
Ideally, mentors 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
When are mentor / resident pairs formed?
Assignments of residents to Resident Advisors and mentors will occur within approximately one month of the program start date
This will follow a process of potential Resident Advisors and mentors being identified at each of the eligible sites
Resident Advisor Program
The purpose of the Resident Advisor Program is to provide more structured and formal opportunities for our residents to connect with an experienced residency preceptor. The Resident 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 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 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.
Advising the resident when to contact the Residency Coordinator
Responsibilities of the Resident include:
Maintaining open communication with their Resident Advisor, touching base with their Advisor on a once monthly basis at a minimum
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 Advisor Program does not discourage residents from seeking support, advice or mentorship from others as needed or desired. The role of the Resident Advisor is intended to augment the support, guidance and direction provided by the Residency Coordinator to all LMPS residents.