This mentoring program is an informal process where students are provided a list of peers with varying experiences and expertise, allowing them to seek our assistance they might require.
The Mac-Masters are a diverse group of students in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine who have identified themselves as resources for their peers. The Mac-Masters are typically second and third year students who have self-identified as McMaster "specialists". The Mac-Masters each have unique experiences that can help them guide students in any stage of the program. These students have agreed to answer questions via email on a variety of topics, including electives, learning strategies and resources, health & wellness, clerkship, and problem based learning.
The transition in medical school from the classroom to a clinical setting can be a daunting prospect for new clerks (CC2s). A mentorship program that matches upper year CC3s (Mentors) with incoming CC2s (mentees) - the Mac-Masters Clerk-to-Clerk (C2C) Program - can be a potential solution to provide new clerks with the guidance needed to make their shift into clinical responsibilities a successful one. To facilitate the best match, mentors will be paired with mentees within the same clerkship stream. This can help increase effective mentorship as CC3s can provide insight into the unique traits and characteristics of their streams, and assist in clerkship planning on a much more personalized level.
Ask A Resident: These are residents who have graduated from McMaster medical school and have been identified as being successful in the program and having the interpersonal skills to work with medical students. This program is designed for students who are looking for more than just information and who may want some assistance in adjusting to medical school life or could benefit from advice and guidance from a senior colleague who has been in their shoes not too long ago. Possible areas of focus could include: problem based learning and a new style of learning; high volume of material to be learned and fast pace of program; adjustment to biological sciences; living in a new community; choosing a career in medicine; and a variety of other issues.