Thank you for your interest in becoming a mentor to a student who is learning new skills through a NextGenU.org course. We provide free, competency-based courses for health professionals and others in training and practice. Your guidance, role-modeling, and supervision will make these trainings practical, and we hope this experience provides positive benefits in your community.
Your role as a NextGenU mentor
- Personally and Non-Personally Identifiable Information
- Observe you demonstrating skills (such as taking a history, performing a procedure, or negotiating follow-up)
- Ask questions about their observations and the learning they are doing on their own
- Be safely and constructively guided by you and appropriate others on your team as they practice those skills when they’re prepared to do so
- Receive a final assessment by you at the conclusion of the course. This brief document should help you do these activities well; have a look here, or here for more on mentoring.
Share learning goals and expectations: Discuss expectations and learning goals at the outset of the mentorship, to clarify what the student already knows, and their interests, knowledge, and skill gaps that should be addressed during the course.
Give students a chance to practice: After students have observed appropriate techniques with you or your colleagues, give them a chance to practice their new skills in a safe way, under appropriate supervision..
Provide feedback: A formal final evaluation is required of all mentors. Ongoing feedback is also extremely important. You and your student should have informal review sessions frequently (e.g., during or just after activities, and/or at the end of the work day or week) to identify the student’s strengths and challenges, and to provide direction for appropriate change.
Verbalize the decision-making process: Try to verbalize the ‘why’ behind your activities by describing your problem-solving strategies and encouraging the student to work through this process with you. Such behaviors show how integrating and applying concepts (vs. the rote memorization a student may be used to) are essential to successful practice.
The evaluation process: NextGenU has created two assessment tools relevant to the mentor and student: one for mentors to assess students and the mentoring experience, and the other for students to assess the mentoring experience (to allow NextGenU to refine our process).
Do you want to train health professionals and other health sciences workers, but are more interested in teaching the practical components, and leaving the book-learning/didactics to others? Whether you’re a university professor wanting to teach a formal course, or a community healthcare provider supervising clinical trainees, have a look at our courses (and their easy instructions for mentors and professors) and consider adopting them for use by your learners (please contact us at info@NextGenU.org with any questions).