Modern Medical Mentorships

Nomadic GP

Some months ago, I got an email from a third year medical student asking if I would consider being her mentor for her Personal and Professional Development course for the next three years. She had attended a student obstetrics suturing workshop that I had facilitated and also had read my blog and loved my “passion and enthusiasm for the rural experience and for life in general.”

My initial reaction was to feel both very flattered and surprised (and also pretty chuffed that someone was reading my blog!). After all, I’m only in the infancy of my GP career, what wisdom do I possibly have to share?

It lead me to reflect on some of the mentors I’ve had in the past, both formal and informal.

My own Personal and Professional Development mentor from medical school was allocated by the university; a cynical older male, sub-specialist surgeon from a tertiary hospital…

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