The LGBTQ+ Mentorship Program is a student-run initiative for LGBTQ+ medical students, residents, and physicians. It aims to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals in medicine to meet, share experiences, and provide each other with mutual support. The program facilitates mentorship through organized large group meetings in Saskatoon and Regina. Members are encouraged to use these meetings to arrange informal one-on-one mentorship if they so choose.
Navigating the medical profession can be uniquely challenging for LGBTQ+ individuals at all levels of training. A safe space to freely discuss issues relating to gender/sexual identity, as well as an opportunity to meet LGBTQ+ peers, can help combat feelings of isolation. This program will help to establish a strong and supportive LGBTQ+ medical community in Saskatchewan. Resident and physician mentors will serve as positive role models, and will have the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge with the mentees. They will also be able to connect with other LGBTQ+ peers.
Medical students involved in this program will receive guidance and support from the mentors. They will be exposed to a variety of LGBTQ+ perspectives and medical specialties in the large group meetings, which will promote personal and professional development. They will have a supportive environment in which they can explore their own LGBTQ+ identity, while also gaining lifelong connections and a sense of community.
Many LGBTQ+ medical students, residents, and physicians are not “out” to their peers and they may wish to remain this way for personal or professional reasons. For this reason, we ask that all members maintain confidentiality pertaining to group membership.
If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please send us an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org