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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 underrepresented/minoritized groups to faculty mentors who are able to support and assist them in their educational and professional growth and development. The program is administered by the faculty’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity.

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 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.)

The main purpose of this program is to reduce/eliminate barriers to underrepresented/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 student/mentee and faculty member/mentor. Student 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 an online 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 2021 to May 2022.
  • 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 half-way 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.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Please note that until further notice, due to COVID-19 safety measures, the DMP will be provided through electronic means only. This means that any events will happen via Zoom videoconference meeting, and mentoring may be done through phone calls, video chats, or other agreed upon forms of remote communication.  

For Student Mentees

The application period for undergraduate medical students and first year residents to apply as mentees is August 3 to August 31, 2021.

You can still apply after these dates, but may have a lower chance of being matched.

Although we will do our best to match you with a mentor that meets your specifications and preferences, we cannot guarantee matching you with a physician with the same social identity as yours. However, we do our utmost to ensure that the match is most suitable for both mentor and mentee.

For Faculty Mentors

Any faculty physicians who are interested in equity, diversity, inclusion and being an ally to marginalized and underrepresented learners in medicine are eligible to apply. Please contact medicine.dmp@utoronto.ca by August 31, 2021. If we unsuccessfully match you in 2021-22, we will keep your information on file to contact you the following year for renewed interest.

Contact

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