Virtual Mentorship

Virtual Mentorship

Altitude VM is an expansion of the current mentorship program; it is a virtual program that pairs first-year undergraduate students from underrepresented populations at ANY Ontario university with a medical student mentor. It is our belief that through high quality mentoring relationships we can empower students from underrepresented populations realize their potential  to become the next generation of bright, confident and compassionate healthcare professionals.

As this is a virtual mentorship program, there are no mandatory requirements for mentees and mentors to meet face to face. All participants are expected to devote at least 3 hours per month for the duration of the program. The program will run from November 1, 2016 – April 30 2017.


Program Description

Altitude VM will match mentees with mentors based on personal characteristics and attributes. Both mentees and mentors will be expected complete online training. The mentee and mentor pair will be expected to interact a minimum of two times each month through methods decided upon by the pair (e.g. phone, email, skype, or chat). Mentors and mentees are suggested to establish and work toward short and long-term goals for the remainder of the year.

Mentees will also participate in online team mentoring sessions once a month. After completing the mentorship program, mentees will participate in cascading mentorship. For more information, please see: What is cascading mentorship?


2016 Virtual Mentorship Timeline

September 1 – October 1, 2016:  Applications open for mentors and mentees.

October 1 – October 31, 2016:  Applications will be processed. Successful applicants will be notified via e-mail. Mentees will be matched with mentors.

Early November 2016: Online training events for mentees and mentors.

November – April 2017: Mentees and Mentors will interact twice a month.

April – August 2017: Mentees will be involved in Cascading Mentorship


Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the program? Please read our FAQ or contact

Q: What is the time commitment for the program?

A: All mentors and mentees will participate in online training sessions in January. Mentees are expected to interact with their mentors at least twice a month. Mentees will also participate online team sessions.

Q: How long is the program?

A: The program will run for the duration of the academic school year (till April). Mentees are expected to participate in cascading mentorship during the summer.

Q: Who should apply for the program?

A: We are looking for enthusiastic first year undergraduate students from underrepresented populations who are interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field. We are also looking for responsible medical students who are interested in helping first year undergraduate students succeed while developing their own leadership skills..

Q: When does the program begin?

A:  Accepted applicants will be notified in mid November. Mentees and mentors will be matched in November 2016.

Q: How will I communicate with my mentor/mentee?

A:  Mentors and mentees will decide on the best method and time to communicate.

Q: How will I be matched up with my mentor/mentee?

A: Mentees will be matched up with their mentors by a group of Altitude volunteers. Factors that will be incorporated in the match include: personal attributes and the school attended by mentees. We will do our best to incorporate preferences for mentees/mentors on the application.