Mentorship Scheme

WHY WE SETUP OUR MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

As an organisation, one of our main goals is to increase the admission of African-Caribbean students into Medicine & Dentistry degrees and to support prospective African-Caribbean Medics/ Dentists on their journey to their medical professions, through applying to medical school, during medical school and after medical school. According to Higher Education Statistics Agency in 2015/2016, only 2.4% of all medical students in the UK were African-Caribbean. The GMC List of Medical Practitioners showed that only 3.2% of UK Registered Medical Practitioners were identified as African-Caribbean in 2017. The lack of representation of black ethnic groups in UK medical schools and in Medicine as a whole has become more and more apparent over the years and has resulted in the establishment of our Mentorship program.

Key Features

Specific mentor-mentee matching

for specific courses e.g. Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Gap Year and more.

Compulsory introductory session

for 1-to-1 mentoring e.g. phone call, video call​

Compulsory monthly follow up

to maintain frequent contact and encourage lasting relationships between mentors and mentees

Contact via your choice of communication

e.g. email, video calls, phone calls, text messaging, 

WHO OUR MENTORSHIP PROGRAM IS FOR
  • Prospective African-Caribbean Medical Students

    • GCSE students (Year 11)

    • A-Level students (Year 12 & 13)

    • Undergraduate students e.g. Biomedical Science students

  • African Caribbean Medical Students looking to intercalate

  • Final year African-Caribbean Medical Students transitioning to their working lives as doctors

OUR MENTORS
  • Our team is made up of African-Caribbean Medical Students & Doctors who all have great experience mentoring and are passionate about coaching and providing encouragement every step of the way.

  • Our Mentors also work to create an individualised service for you, addressing your greatest concerns and needs so that you can get the most out of our Mentorship program

  • Mentors are all part of our network

HOW OUR MENTORS CAN HELP YOU
  • Advise and coachprovide advice, guidance, and feedback; share their experience and expertise as appropriate; act as a sounding board for ideas and action plans; help with applications e.g. Admissions Tests, Personal Statements, Work Experience, 

  • Champion and cheerleader: offer encouragement and support to try new things; help mentees move out their comfort zones; celebrate successes; help mentees understand when things do not go as planned

  • Resource and recommendations: identify resources that will help mentees with personal development and growth, such as recommending books, workshops, or other learning tools; encourage mentees to join networking organizations or introduce them to new contacts

  • Devil’s advocate and “truth-sayer”: provide the tough feedback that mentees need to hear in order to move forward; push mentees to take risks when appropriate; help mentees consider and weigh potential consequences of decisions and actions to avoid the pitfalls and predictable surprises that may occur.

WHO CAN BE A MENTOR
  • Mentors must be register members of of our Network

    • UK Based African-Caribbean Medical Students

    • UK Based African-Caribbean Doctors

BENEFITS OF BEING A MENTOR
  • Great opportunity to give back and impact a prospective medics journey

  • Basic requirement to contact your mentee at least once a month

  • Receive a Guide with topic suggestions, checklist and monthly mentorship focuses

  • Receive a certificate at the end of one year for your contribution

  • The chance to be nominated for mentor of the year

  • Our team are always there to support and guide you

By completing this form you are giving consent to the Melanin Medics team to use the details provided for the sole purpose of mentor-mentee matching.

Your information will remain secure and confidential. It will not be disclosed outside of the unit until you have chosen a mentor/mentee, at which point your contact details will be passed on to the mentor/mentee.

MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME IS CURRENTLY CLOSED!

Applications will re-open in Summer 2020

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