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Diversity Mentorship Program

The Diversity Mentorship Program (DMP) aims to connect U of T undergraduate medical students or first year residents from minoritized groups to faculty mentors who are able to support and assist them in their educational and professional growth and development.

Groups who will be considered for this program include students who identify as Indigenous, Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, first in family to attend university, disabled, economically disadvantaged, and/or from a minoritized faith group, amongst other minoritized groups and communities. (Note that the term racialized refers to all non-white people, and is a term often preferred to 'people of colour' or 'racial minority' because it acknowledges the social process by which race is constructed.)

Even if you are unsure if you are a member of one of these groups, please do not hesitate to sign up.

The main purpose of this program is to reduce/eliminate barriers to minoritized U of T undergraduate medical students and first year residents exploring their full potential as learners. The Temerty Faculty of Medicine is responsible for organizing the mentorship match between learner mentee and faculty mentor. Learner mentees who are matched with a mentor are then encouraged to take leadership in the relationship, to ensure that they are able to get the most value from their experience.

The program components include:

  • Attending a welcome and orientation event
  • Signing a mentorship agreement which clearly states role, responsibilities, objectives and expectations of the mentorship relationship.
  • Mentorship agreements last from September to the end of May .
  • Investing at least 3 hours of meeting time with your mentor/mentee each term of the academic year. This may be done in a variety of agreed upon methods, including phone calls and video chats.
  • Responding to requests for progress and updates from the Office of Inclusion and Diversity.
  • Providing feedback for the purposes of evaluating the DMP program at the halfway point of the program and at the end of the match.
  • Option to join additional events/activities, such as a mid-point and closing online event.

Please note that this iteration of the DMP will run primarily with hybrid events (though we encourage in-person attendance whenever feasible). However, connections within your mentorship can be done through phone calls, video chats, or other agreed upon forms of remote communication, or in-person meetings.

For Learner Mentees

The application for undergraduate medical students and first year residents to apply as mentees is now available at the link below! Please apply via the link below, or contact medicine.dmp@utoronto.ca by Monday August 28, 2023 at 9AM.

DMP Mentee Application 2023-24

Please keep an eye out in your U of T email inboxes for the most up to date information. 

For Faculty Mentors

Any faculty physicians who are interested in equity, diversity, inclusion and being an ally to minoritized learners in medicine are eligible to apply.

Please apply via the link below or contact medicine.dmp@utoronto.ca. If we unsuccessfully match you in 2023-24, we will keep your information on file to contact you the following year for renewed interest.

DMP Mentor Application 2023-24


Should you have any further questions about the Diversity Mentorship Program, please email medicine.dmp@utoronto.ca.

Resources for DMP Mentors

Mentoring in Medicine


General Mentoring


Equity Topics

Equity in Healthcare and Medical Education