Students entering into their first year of occupational therapy or physical therapy are included in the mentorship program. Second year students volunteer to act as mentors to one or more first year students. Students are matched over the summer and are invited to use their mentor as a resource as they begin their program at Queen's University. More details about the Mentorship Program will be provided soon.
Role of the Mentor
Role of the Mentor
o Guide. Your primary role as a mentor is to be a guide. Coach your mentee on how to succeed in the program, direct them to resources, offer tips and support. Be open, supportive and encouraging, in a way that you would have appreciated when you entered your new program in a new cit o Role model. Part of being a good role model is upholding the integrity of the profession. Please respect our professor’s wishes, and do not share past assignments with your mentee. Assignment sharing will cheat your colleagues out of a valuable learning process and create a divide within the class. If your mentee asks about an assignment, you may wish to guide them to valuable resources, but do not provide them with your own assignments.
Responsibilities of the Mentor o Commit to a one year long mentorship (Beginning of September until end of June). o Send out a greeting email within 1 week of being matched with your mentee. o Meet with your mentee in person at the mentorship Meet and Greet on the last Sunday of orientation week, or during the first week of school. o Check in with your mentee at the end of September. o Respond to mentee emails within a few days. o Maintain confidentiality. o Listen to your mentee’s needs and share relevant personal experiences. o Provide constructive feedback, support, and encouragement. o Let your mentee know when you are on placement or when you will not be available. o Contact the mentorship committee if there are any concerns. o Complete the mid-term and end of year program evaluation.
Mentorship Guidelines o Work to understand your mentee’s expectations of the mentorship. o It is up to you to decide how much contact information you would like to share
Qualities of a Good Mentor
o Willing to share his or her experiences o Willing to actively listen o Willing to coach o Has a desire to help and offer support
Role of the Mentee
o Initiator: This mentorship is for you. Take responsibility for your own learning experience. After you have met your mentor in person, it is up to you to actively seek out your mentor’s help.
Responsibilities of a Mentee
o Meet with your mentor in person at the mentorship Meet and Greet on the last Sunday of orientation week, or during the first week of school. o Share your expectations of what you want from the mentorship o Initiate contact with your mentor for meetings after the first in-person meeting. o Respond to your mentor’s emails within a few days. o Contact the mentorship committee if there are any concerns or if your mentor is not meeting your needs o Complete the mid-term and end of year program evaluation
o You should feel comfortable asking questions to your mentor. The primary goal of this mentorship is to help you transition smoothly into the program and settle into Kingston. o Please respect your mentor’s time. Be mindful of his or her schedule and when he or she may be busy with exams, assignments, or away on placement. If you have questions about an assignment, provide your mentor with enough time to get back to you before the deadline. o Please do not ask your mentor for his or her assignments. It has been made clear to your mentor that he or she is not able to pass on assignments. This is so that you get the rich learning experience that our professors have intended, and so that the integrity of the program is maintained. o You may ask your mentor to purchase their text books from the previous year. However, the mentors are not obligated to sell you said text books.
Making the most out of your mentor
o Communication is key to success in the program. Remember, the mentors have volunteered to participate in this program so they are willing to help, but it is up to you to actively seek out their help.