KCMUCo, is a renowned institution committed to shaping the future of healthcare professionals in Tanzania and beyond. In its pursuit of excellence, KCMCUCo recently hosted a transformative mentorship and supervision workshop, leaving a lasting impact on junior and mid-career academicians.
The mentorship workshop played a pivotal role in nurturing the growth and development of individuals, specifically focusing on academia and professional fields. The workshop’s comprehensive approach facilitated academic and career advancement and contributed significantly to individuals’ overall growth and well-rounded development.
The workshop convened academics from various medical fields and specialties, ranging from seasoned researchers to individuals with limited exposure, including PhD candidates and MSc holders. It facilitated an environment where participants, regardless of their backgrounds, shared experiences from their respective universities or mentorship journeys. Some attendees were unfamiliar with finding a mentor and questioned whether mentors could offer guidance. However, they committed to passing on this knowledge to the next generation.
One of the standout features of this workshop was its customized sessions tailored to the unique needs of the participants. The organizers meticulously designed sessions that addressed current challenges in the medical field, incorporating real-world case studies and interactive discussions. This approach ensured that participants gained practical insights and applicable skills that could be immediately implemented in their respective roles.
The workshop at KCMUCo went beyond traditional lecture-style presentations, incorporating hands-on learning experiences. Participants engaged in practical exercises and role-playing scenarios that mimicked real-world mentorship and supervision situations.
This approach not only enhanced the learning experience but also provided a platform for participants to practice and refine their mentoring and supervisory skills in a supportive environment.
Despite being an in-house training, the workshop emphasized the significance of meaningful cross-collaboration and networking opportunities during conference engagements. Participants had the opportunity to gain insights into mentors with diverse backgrounds and experiences, promoting a valuable exchange of ideas. The significance of networking was underscored, enabling participants to establish mentor-mentee relationships that extended beyond the workshop. This approach created a sustainable support system for ongoing professional Development. The workshop held at KCMCUCo transcended being a one-time event; it served as a catalyst for enduring change. Participants reported enhanced confidence in their mentoring and supervisory roles, improved communication skills, heightened self-awareness, and a better grasp of the characteristics defining good mentoring practices. The workshop also delved into areas such as goal setting, cultural competence, diversity and inclusion in mentorship, ethical considerations, technological literacy, building rapport, conflict resolution, and stress management within mentorship. This comprehensive learning experience fostered a deeper understanding of the pivotal role mentorship plays in professional growth. The positive transformations witnessed in the academic and professional journeys of participants highlight the enduring impact of this workshop
KCMUCo, dedicated to advancing healthcare education through innovative learning, cross-collaboration, and hands-on experiences, redefined mentorship in academia and the professional realm. The workshop established a groundbreaking standard for mentorship initiatives, reflecting the institution’s commitment to excellence. As participants actively incorporate the acquired insights, the enduring impact of the workshop is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the emergence of capable and empathetic healthcare professionals in the future.