Current Students

Clinician - Student Mentoring Progam

Further Information


PDM Academic Services Officer
Deborah Chapman

P: (+61 8) 6457 1886

Postal Address:

Medical School, MBDP: M516
UWA Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley 6009 WA

PDM Co-ordinator
Assoc Prof Paul McGurgan


Clinician-Student MD Mentoring Mentee Guidebook 2019

PDM Interview Record Sheet

(Found in appendices of Guidebook)

To be submitted via post, fax or email:-

MD Year 1 students by the first Monday in November

MD Year 2 students by the first Monday in September

MD Year 3 students by the first Monday in September.

MD Year 4 MBBS students by Friday 16 August 2019.

MD Year 4 students by first Monday in November.

Late submissions will not be accepted.

Clinician-Student MD Mentoring Mentor Guidebook 2019

Students are able to submit preferences for this key component of the Clinician-Student MD mentoring program.

UWA is the only Australian medical school to have a longitudinal mentoring program whereby all medical students have a clinical mentor involved in the student’s professional development for the duration of the course. This program is a popular feature of the course and is outlined in detail in the Clinician-Student MD Mentoring Mentee Guidebook.

The Clinician-Student MD Mentoring Program comprises of a minimum number of meetings and activities that must be completed for each academic year. As your mentor in this program is a qualified doctor, they have an important role in providing you with formative feedback and identifying if you need assistance in the course. Your experience of being mentored by a clinician can be used as assets for your ePortfolio.

Mentoring is when a person with knowledge and experience assists with the learning and development of someone else. This is a compulsory component of your study which will be assessed.

1. Your role as a student

You can approach your mentor to discuss issues and ideas, and complete assigned tasks, and even ask for feedback or advice to clarify situations.

The mentor's questions and comments may help you see another perspective, consider other options, and review your plans or actions.

Whatever the matter discussed, it is you the student who must make decisions, or take the required action within professional, University and hospital guidelines.

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2. Minimum requirements

1. Meet with your mentor at least once

Meet with your mentor at least once (twice in Year 3) to discuss your personal and professional development. It cannot be overstated that you will benefit from meeting with your mentor more frequently, as they have a wealth of information and experience to offer which will assist in your development as a clinician.

2. Ensure that your Interview Record Sheets are submitted to the Faculty

The deadlines for submission of Interview Record Sheets are:

  • Year 1 MD students - the first Monday of November.
  • Year 2 MD students - the first Monday of September.
  • Year 3 MD students - the first Monday of September.
  • Year 4 MBBS students - Friday 16th August 2019.
  • Year 4 MD students - the first Monday of November.

Your form must be submitted to the mentoring administrator

A tip for ensuring your interview record is submitted on time

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the Interview Record Sheet is submitted to the Faculty on time.

If you take a copy of the form to your meeting, you may find it easier to get a signature from your mentor, who can give the form back to you at the same time. This means you can keep a copy and also ensure that your interview record is submitted by the due date.

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3. Criteria for choosing a mentor

The Faculty strongly encourages you to choose your own mentor. Many students have found this leads to a more rewarding experience and it ensures you have a mentor in your preferred area of focus.

When nominating a mentor on your own, please ensure the following criteria are met:

  1. A medically qualified clinician (not a direct family member), qualified for a minimum of three years. 
  2. A person who is agreeable about meeting you officially for personal and professional development. This person must be able to follow the timetable as set out in the PDM Guidebook.

4. Mentor selection form

Use the mentor selection form to submit your preferences for this key component of the professional development and mentoring program.

All students are required to fill in this form regardless of whether you have nominated a mentor of your own or would like to request assistance from the faculty. Please note access will be opened Monday 25th March 2019 at 09:00 and closed Sunday 5th May 2019 at 23:59.