Medicine Society (MEDSOC) First Year Peer Mentoring Program

Who can join this Peer Mentoring Program?

This Peer Mentoring program is exclusively for all incoming first year students enrolled in Medicine.

Program description

This program divides 7-8 first years with 4 mentors from older years.

There are 4 'mentoring sessions' which include the below topics, with additional events run throughout the program: 

  • Meet Your Mentors, mentees are given the opportunity of meeting their mentors for the first time in a night of fun activities and free pizza
  • Ask.Me.Anything Wellbeing Talk, mentors are encouraged to bring their mentees along to listen to guest speakers talk about common problems facing young uni students including LGBTQI and Mental Health.
  • Adulting 101, uni students are welcome to attend a cooking demonstration held by several guest chefs where they can learn some cooking tips and recipes and taste the goods at the end.
  • End of Peer Mentoring Picnic, Mentees and Mentors are invited to a day of free food and boardgames to celebrate the end of the 6 week program.

When does this program run?

Term 1 only

Program duration

There will be 6 mentoring sessions throughout the first 6 weeks of Teaching Period TP1 

I'm a new student, how do I register to participate in the program?

All first year medical students are automatically assigned to a group of 4 mentors.

Contacts for more information

I'm a senior student, how can I become a Mentor?

Mentors from Years 2-6 enrolled in Medicine or Medicine/Arts at UNSW are eligible to apply.

For our mentors, this program officers an outstanding opportunity to demonstrate excellence in Effective Communication, Teamwork and Self-directed learning and critical evaluation skills relevant to portfolio submissions. More globally, the personal development evident in building meaningful friendships with your mentors is an honourable and respectable aspect in giving back to our student community.

Mentor responsibilities are as follows:

  • You will be put into a group of 4 mentors to be paired up with ~8 first years (half an SG)
  • You will be in charge of running 4 mentoring sessions throughout the first weeks of TP1;
  • You will required to attend a compulsory Mentor Training Session
  • You will be required to attend the 'Meet your Mentors Night’ on the first day of uni to be introduced to your first years, socialise and play some games

Upon completion of the Mentoring Program, MedSoc will award you a Certificate of Appreciation if the above requirements are met, including attendance at least ⅚ of your allocated mentoring sessions.

An application link will be available on the MedSoc Facebook page when applications open. You can also email the program coordinators on the contact details above for more information.