Mentorship and Leadership

Supporting the development of Institute members and stimulating the Institute’s research endeavours

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Mentorship Program

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O'Brien Institute Mentorship Program


The program

  • functions as a ‘matchmaker’ service between volunteer mentors and mentees within the Institute
  • is designed to be extremely flexible, to best suit the needs of participants
  • supports time-limited, activity-defined relationships (which, according to mentorship literature may be the easiest to arrange, maintain, and assess) as well as more informal, ongoing relationships
  • focuses on research-related activities, and was designed to meet University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine, and Department of Community Health Sciences requirements, but may be adapted (upon request) to support other activities and members with other affiliations
  • is broader in scope and complementary to the Institute’s existing Internal Peer Review program, which will continue to run in parallel

The process:

  • identify your development needs and your areas of experience/expertise, and register your interest to participate in the Program as a mentor, a mentee, or both, using the Intake Form below.
  • submit the completed Intake Form to iph@ucalgary.ca and wait for the Institute team to get back to you with suggested matches.  This could take up to several weeks, in the case of mentees seeking mentors, or an undetermined amount of time, for mentors offering to be matched with mentees.
  • the Institute will confirm a successful match with a ‘launch’ email to both mentor and mentee.
  • matched partners are encouraged to review the variety of resources below, and use as desired to support the relationship. 
  • the Institute will “check in” at some point(s) to gauge satisfaction, and Program participants are encouraged to adapt (expectations, timelines, etc) or terminate the partnership at any time, by friendly agreement, with or without the confidential involvement of the Institute.   
  • the program will be ongoing - registrations, activity completions, and re-registrations possible at any time.
  • the Institute may also contact participants to request feedback to inform Program improvements.

O'Brien Institute Mentorship Program Resources

The O'Brien Institute would like to acknowledge Kairos Coaching Ltd. and Poole Consulting Inc. for the use of their materials.



Student mentorship resources

Students looking for mentorship programs are encouraged to use the following resources:

University of Calgary Emerging Leaders

University of Calgary Emerging Leaders Program

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Graduate Students Association

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My GradSkills


Impact of membership

Please watch the videos below for firsthand accounts of how mentorship has impacted our members.


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