Peer Mentorship Program

The Graduate & Postdoctoral Education Office is pleased to offer a Peer Mentorship Program for graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine. Sign up by September 24!

How can I get involved?

There are both program-level and Faculty-wide peer mentorship opportunities in the Faculty of Medicine. Students in the following graduate programs can be matched with a mentor/mentee within their program:

If you’re in a different grad program, or would like to be matched with a mentor/mentee outside your grad program, please sign up below for the Faculty of Medicine Peer Mentorship Program. You will be able to request a mentor/mentee who is in the same graduate program as you, or different.

We ask mentors and mentees to connect with each other at least monthly, whether in-person, by Zoom, via email or phone. The program lasts for one academic year (September 2021-August 2022). You will be invited to an initial training & orientation workshop via Zoom (strongly encouraged), plus optional professional development opportunities throughout the year for those who wish to strengthen their mentorship knowledge and skills.

To BECOME a peer mentor (for those who have been in their degree program for 1 year or more):

Mentors: Complete this survey by Friday September 24:

To REQUEST a peer mentor (for those who are beginning a new graduate degree in September 2021, or began their program less than 12 months ago):

Mentees: Complete this survey by Friday September 24:

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate & Postdoctoral Wellbeing Support Coordinator, Dr. Karen Ross:

Why peer mentorship?

Graduate studies can be demanding and sometimes isolating. We know it can be difficult to connect with peers and find a sense of belonging in the Faculty of Medicine, in part because our students work and learn across multiple sites. Peer mentorship offers a low-pressure space for learning from each other, giving & receiving support, and feeling more at home – whether that’s at UBC, in grad school, or in the research environment.

Research has shown that peer mentorship can

  • Boost student wellbeing;
  • improve academic, psychosocial, and career outcomes; and
  • strengthen our sense of community engagement & connectedness.

Training & Professional Development

In the 2021-2022 academic year, the GPE Office will be facilitating a series of professional development workshops focused on transferrable mentorship skills. These optional workshops are open to grad students and postdocs across the Faculty of Medicine, in any mentorship program. Click here for more information on upcoming workshops!