The 2017 Melbourne Dental School Mentoring Program pilot will match up ten final year Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) and five Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) students with alumni mentors who are established in the profession.
This is a semi-structured program that fosters relationships between experienced practitioners and students in the final year of their training to enhance their transition from dental school into the professional workforce. Find out more information below.
Applications close at 11:59pm on Friday 24th February 2017.
- What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a relationship in which an experienced mentor provides guidance and support to a current University of Melbourne student. Mentoring is a mutually beneficial partnership in which both individuals grow and develop in the process of sharing and listening.
Mentoring is not coaching or tutoring, which focus on skills, performance and targets. Mentoring is also not training, teaching or a clinical placement. Instead, mentoring focuses on sharing professional and personal experiences, and providing support and guidance as a role model rather than as a counsellor.
- What are the aims of the MDS Mentoring Program?
The aims of the program are to:
- Enhance the ‘Fitness to Practice’ of students graduating from MDS
- Encourage the proactive integration of graduates from the MDS into the dental profession
- Foster a strong community of MDS alumni across age groups
- What is the selection process?
Student applications will be assessed on a variety of criteria including student need, response to the application questions, and suitability to the available mentors.
Mentor applications will be assessed on a variety of criteria including response to the application questions and suitability to available mentees. In addition, mentors must have graduated from the Melbourne Dental School with either a Bachelor of Oral Health, a Bachelor of Dental Science, or a Master of Dental Science between 7 and 30 years ago, and must currently be working in general practice.
- What is the matching process?
We will match mentors and mentees based upon commonality in their applications, including shared professional and personal interests. Best efforts will be made to fulfil preferences but not all preferences can be guaranteed.
- How will the program run?
The format of the program will predominantly involve face-to-face meetings between alumni mentors and student mentees and on-campus workshops facilitated by an Executive Coach. Mentors and mentees will also be provided with information kits, learning materials, and will be supported professionally by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Alumni Relations Team and by academic staff within the Melbourne Dental School.
The timeline for the program is as follows:
February - March 2017: Recruitment of mentors and mentees
April 2017: Initial on-campus (Parkville) training workshops for both mentors and mentees
April 2017: On-campus (Parkville) launch of program and social event to introduce mentors to mentees
May 2017 – October 2017: Monthly face-to-face meetings between mentors and mentees
August 2017: Mid-program check-in teleconference for mentors
August 2017: On campus (Parkville) mid-program review workshop for mentees
Ongoing telephone support
November 2017: On-campus (Parkville) end of year review and ‘celebration’ workshop of mentors and mentees