Name of the activity: AMSA Gender Equity Women in Leadership Mentoring Program
Country/NMO: Australia (AMSA)
Program: Ethics & Human Rights in Health
Contact information: [email protected]
Type of the activity: Capacity Building (Training or Workshop). Teaching and develop knowledge, skills and techniques in a particular field. While training can have any form, workshops are more formal and also include exchange of information between participants.
This is a near-peer mentoring program for female-identifying Australian medical students aimed to build capacity and encourage interested members to apply for leadership positions they otherwise wouldn’t have considered. Women sign up as either mentors or mentees, and are matched with each other based on interests and physical location. The program then provides information, webinars, and support to the mentors/mentees for a period of 4 months, including an interactive facebook page and opportunities to meet as a group as well as individually.
Human Rights for Medical Professionals in daily clinical settings
It is undeniable that women face gender discrimination, and that women’s rights are ultimately human rights. There are specific gender disparities present in the study of Medicine, especially in the field of medical leadership, and these begin early – with females constituting just over half of all medical graduates in Australia, but not proportionately filling positions of leadership within and beyond medical school. Early near-peer mentoring for female medical students may be a solution.
Medical students, Other Students, Doctors, Women, LGBTQIA+ community
General population, Medical students, Healthcare Students, Other Students, Doctors, Other health professionals, Women, People with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ community
Objectives and indicators of success:
To increase the representation of women in leadership positions in medical school and beyond
To build capacity in female medical students to allow them equal opportunity to apply for positions – measured by the number of students enrolled in the mentoring program and the number of students subsequently applying for leadership positions
To provide formal and informal mentoring for female medical students to allow a space for networking
Advertise mentoring program for senior and junior mentors
Collect and match mentors/mentees based on state and interests – this requires 4 students to be ‘matchers’, and match based on nearest capital city, then take charge of that group of students for the duration of the program
Provide ongoing resources and support for women in the program
Evaluate and assess further support for women in the program
Plans for evaluation:
Quarterly evaluation survey to assess needs of those enrolled in the mentoring program, how the program is faring, and other areas for improvement