This vanguard program was established in 2007 to assist the integration into practice of IMG physicians having successfully completed the Practice Ready Assessment - Family Practice (PRA MB-FP) three month assessment process. In 2011, it was expanded to include physicians completing the Medical Licensure Program for International Medical Graduates (MLPIMG) and the Practice Ready Assessment - Specialty Practice (PRA MB-SP).
Participation in the IMG Mentorship & Clinical Enhancement Program is mandatory and part of the undertaking signed with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.
The IMG Mentorship & Clinical Enhancement Program objectives are to:
Mentorship is a supportive relationship between individuals where knowledge, skills, and experience are shared. The mentee is someone seeking guidance in developing specific competencies, self-awareness and skills. The mentor is a person who has expertise in the areas of need identified by the mentee and is able to share their wisdom in a nurturing way.
In such a relationship, the mentee has the opportunity to ask questions, share concerns and discuss issues with a more experienced professional. Through collaboration and communication between the mentor-mentee pair, the mentee can become more self-confident and competent in their integration and application of the knowledge and skills gained in the mentorship demonstrating best practice.
Practicing physicians must ensure that they continuously update their knowledge and skill to ensure that they are able to provide high quality patient care. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) consists of educational activities that serve to maintain, develop, or increasethe knowledge, skills, professional competence and relationships a physician uses to provide services for patients the public, or the profession. The content of CPD is the body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine and the provision of health care to the public.
This one year program consists of scheduled meetings with mentors as well as self-learning continuing medical eduation exercises and continuing professional development activities.
The program is funded by a contribution from Manitoba Health.