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Mentorship Program

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									Mentorship Program

  Raúl Mejía MD,PhD
  Ottawa May 2007
 Objectives of the presentation
• My experience as a mentee and a
  mentor
• The RITC mentorship program
• Importance of mentoring in promoting
  tobacco control in Argentina and Latin
  America
• Future of the mentoring project
              Background
• Mentoring involves an intense, one-on-one
  relationship in which an experienced, senior
  person provides assistance to a less
  experienced, more junior colleague (i.e., a
  protégé or mentee) in order to enhance the
  latter’s professional and personal
  development. Mentoring is noted to be an
  important means of facilitating learning in
  many societies.
• In the medical schools from Argentina
  doesn't exist “mentors”
• Students and residents use attending
  physicians as “role models” but no as mentors
My own experience as a mentee
• 1994 first meeting with Dr Samuel Bosch
  – We started working together
     • Setting academic objectives and priorities
     • Developing an educational proposal (fellowship)
     • Initiating a research career
  – Fellowship in Community Medicine
     • Friend (until present)
     • Counselor
     • Role model
• Commitment with the dissemination of the
  knowledge
       Informal Mentoring
• 1998-2001:
  – Dr Perez Stable (UCSF) informal mentor
  – Informal mentoring with Fellows in the
    Hospital de Clínicas
• 2001 Fogarty/NIH Project
  – Informal mentoring with trainees in
    tobacco research
    • Different specialties
    • Internet mentoring
Mentorship training workshop
• December 2006, Niagara Falls
  – Examined what is known about mentoring
  – PMIP project
    • Reviewed literature on mentoring theory
    • Established contacts with experts in mentoring
• Buenos Aires, March 2007
  – Consolidate a multidisciplinary team
    interested in mentoring
  – Defined local projects related with
    mentoring
           Buenos Aires 07
• Participating in the planning committee
• Challenge for Argentina
  – How protect children from SHS?
     • Input for future research
     • Linking research with advocacy
• Examples of successful mentoring
  – Dr Samuel Bosch
• Tools for improving my mentoring skills
  – Taking notes
  – Active listening
   Importance of mentoring
• It is a very useful educational tool in
  building capacity research
• It has a multiplier effect in knowledge
  dissemination
• Creates a “critical mass” of researchers
• Facilitates access to policy making
  bodies
• The mentor receive information and
  feedback from the protégée
 What is Research Capacity
         Building?
“Is the process by which individuals,
organizations and societies develop
abilities (individually and collectively) to
perform functions effectively,
efficiently and in a sustainable manner
to define problems, set objectives and
priorities, build sustainable institutions
and bring solutions to key national
problems”.
                                  UNDP 1999
Why research capacity building?
• Developing countries need the capacity
  to deal with their own health problems
  through evidence-based decision-making
• We need to generate the data for
  evidence-based decision-making at
  different levels of the health system
  (i.e. tobacco control)
              The future
• Install mentoring as an educational tool
  in tobacco research projects
  – University of Buenos Aires
  – Other projects with a building capacity
    component.
    • Fogarty/NIH
    • RITC/IDRC
• Create a Latin American group of
  mentors for research in health
  problems

								
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