FAQs

For students

  • What are my responsibilities and commitments as a mentee?
    • Mentees (current students) are responsible for leading the mentor relationship and are expected to initiate the first contact, and organise all face-to-face meetings and communication with their mentor. We recommend a monthly face-to-face interaction with your mentor.
    • Mentees are expected to have regular meetings with their mentors for a duration of seven months from April to October 2017. The exact nature and frequency of these meetings can be determined between the mentee and mentor and may include clinical observation and learning, informal meetings over coffee, attending a public lecture together, and much more. Meetings take place at a location and time most convenient for you and your mentor.
    • In addition to this you will be required to attend three facilitated group workshops held at the University throughout the year (start, middle and end of program), and you will also be required to complete program feedback surveys. Please note that where possible, information sessions will be held at a time that is convenient for mentors and mentees.
  • Can I choose my mentor?

    No, we will match you with a mentor taking into consideration the preferences and interests you have provided on your application form. Best efforts will be made to fulfil your preferences but not all preferences can be guaranteed.

  • How do you decide which students are selected for this program?

    As this is a pilot program, participation numbers are limited and so not all applications will be successful. Applications will be assessed on a variety of criteria including student need, response to the application questions and suitability to the available mentors. It is planned that participation numbers will also be expanded in the full roll out of the program in 2018.

  • How will I be matched with a mentor?

    We will match you with a mentor based upon commonality in your applications. Best efforts will be made to fulfil your preferences but not all preferences can be guaranteed.

  • Where will I meet my mentor?

    Mentor/mentee meetings need to be scheduled at a location and time suitable for both parties however, it is preferable that mentees work around their mentor’s schedule. Please note, there is no requirement for mentors to meet you on campus.

  • I am not a fourth year DDS or third year BOH student. Will this program be available to me in later years of my degree?

    If the program is deemed a success in 2017 then it is intended that this program be introduced as a permanent opportunity for fourth year DDS students and third year BOH students. Places may still be restricted.

For mentors

  • What is the time commitment?

    Mentors and mentees are expected to have regular meetings (at least monthly) for a duration of seven months from April to October 2017. The exact nature and frequency of these meetings can be determined between the mentor and mentee and may include clinical observation and learning, informal meetings over coffee, attending a public lecture together, and much more. Mentors are also required to attend an on-campus initial training workshop in April, a mid-program check-in in August, and an end of year review and celebration workshop in November.

  • How will I be matched with a student? 

    We will match you with a student based upon commonality in your applications. Best efforts will be made to fulfil your preferences but not all preferences can be guaranteed.

  • Can I choose a student?

    No, we will match you with a mentee taking into consideration the preferences and interests you have provided on your application form. Best efforts will be made to fulfil your preferences but not all preferences can be guaranteed

  • How are mentors selected for the program?

    Mentors will be selected based upon a variety of criteria. A mentor must be: 

    • A graduate of the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Oral Health, Bachelor of Dental Science or a Master of Dental Science and have graduated 7 to 30 years ago 
    • Currently working in general practice 
    • Compatible with available mentees (as judged by response to questions in the application form)
  • Where will I meet my mentee?

    The scheduling of mentor/mentee meetings are the responsibility of the mentee and need to be scheduled at a location and time suitable for both parties however, it is preferable that mentees work around their mentor’s schedule. Please note, there is no requirement for mentors to meet their mentees on campus.

  • If my application is unsuccessful in 2017, can I apply to be a mentor in subsequent years?

    Yes. Whilst numbers are extremely limited for the 2017 pilot program, if the pilot is deemed a success then it is intended that it will be introduced as a permanent opportunity for MDS alumni, fourth year DDS students and third year BOH students. Places may still be restricted.