Mentoring the Mentors workshop in Mombasa, Kenya
Kenya FELTP participated in a Mentoring the Mentors workshop from 17 – 18 June 2013 in Mombasa, Kenya. The objectives of the workshop were to form a cohort of mentors in global health research across East Africa to support cross-collaboration and ongoing training, to develop a conceptual framework for mentoring in global health research with examples (and a plan for dissemination), to identify barriers to mentoring in global health research at the individual, institutional and global levels with proposed solutions, to develop individual mentoring action plans and action plans for institutions in East Africa to support mentoring and to share well-developed tools and resources regarding mentoring fundamentals from University of California San Francisco (UCSF)/ University of Minnesota.
Kenya FELTP is a training program where 75% of the training is experiential and this can only be achieved by having a robust mentorship component. It is in this light that the FELTP faculty applied to be part of the training organized by University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).
Several aspects of mentoring and mentorship were discussed and some of the conclusions were that: mentorship need to be institutionalized and structured, mentors need to be mentored in-order to be good mentors; mentorship is not equal to being a subject expert, there are tools available which could be used for structuring mentorship and that the cohort of global health mentors are available to partner and collaborate on mentorship activities.
Kenya FELTP will use the resources from this workshop to structure and strengthen the mentorship component of the training.