The UNSW Medical Society mentoring program sees senior students (second year and above) grouped with first year students to ease the transition into life as a medical student at UNSW. Mentors serve in a non-academic role, providing advice and any other assistance students may need.
Mentors will assist incoming students in many ways, including providing information about aspects of their course, hints and tips for assessments or just talking about student life at UNSW. This program also offers mentors the opportunity to share their experiences with first years, as well as a valuable chance to revise, learn, teach and have fun.
Applications are open to all Medicine students from years 2-6, and positions are advertised through mailout newsletter that reaches the whole cohort. Applications open mid-October and close in January.
There is a mandatory 2 hour training session held the weekend preceding Week 1 of Semester 1. Furthermore, a mentoring guide booklet and instructions about each mentoring session are emailed to the mentors and they are expected to review this.
"Meet your Mentors" night opening event occurs on Day 1 of Semester 1 (for 3 hours) & there are also weekly 1 hour mentoring sessions from week 1-6.
Total time commitment in person is about 15 hours. Furthermore, mentors provide assistance to mentees and first year students outside of formal sessions (e.g. online, casual meet ups, academic support peer marking). With preparation time, total commitment time is up to 25 hours.
For more information about co-curricular activities see UNSW Advantage.