SRPC Mentorship Program

The SRPC mentorship program is a pilot program that aims to connect medical students to rural physicians and residents from across the country to allow career exploration, guidance, and increased understanding of the scope of rural practice.

Goals of the Program

  • Connecting students to rural physicians across Canada
  • Career exploration and guidance
  • Increase understanding of the scope of rural practice
  • Provide learning opportunities outside of the formal      academic environment
  • Contribute to the current and growing need of rural physicians in Canada

Your Role As a Mentor

As a mentor with SRPC, medical students will connect with you through SRPC office staff. Once you are connected, there will be flexibility in how you set up your mentor-mentee relationships, which can be tailored on an individual basis. This may include answering a few quick questions, setting up a longitudinal mentorship plan, or organizing shadowing experiences (public health guidelines permitting).

Expectations in your role as a mentor may include:

  • Sharing experiences of rural practice with mentees for the purpose of career exploration and guidance
  • Being honest and open regarding the rewards/challenges to rural medicine
  • Forming a plan and setting expectations with your mentee regarding frequency of meetings and meeting platform to be used
  • Sharing appropriate resources
  • Recognizing that advice given, while extremely valuable, does not substitute for MD program-specific mentorship and supports


Are you an SRPC Student, Resident or New to Practice Physician Member?

If you are looking for a Rural Mentor. Please ensure your SRPC membership is up to date. Send your email request to Louise for a list of mentors and instructions. (

Mentees Must be SRPC members to participate in this program. (Join here

*All Participants Must be SRPC members to participate in this program.

Special thanks to Avery Palmer, Erik Loewen Friesen, Anika Spasov, Carly Eisbrenner, and the SRPC Student Committee for their work on this project.

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