Collaborative Mentoring Networks


The OCFP's Collaborative Mentoring Networks link family physicians with specialists and focused-practice physicians in collaborative relationships to enhance the delivery of complex care through mentorship and education. The Networks help address challenging care issues. The Networks are supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and earn the highest level of certification under the Mainpro+ program.

Family physicians are matched with Mentors according to their geographical location and/or clinical interests to form small groups. Each group consists of one or more a mentors and a number of Mentees. Mentors provide timely advice via email, telephone and/or via a secure, dedicated online portal. Each group is encouraged to meet regularly for case-based discussions and, in addition, Network participants meet at regional conferences focused on case-based leaning and at the CMN Annual Meeting. The Networks enable one-on-one relationships between Mentors and Mentees.

Mentors are supported to further develop as educationally influential physicians who will provide peer education in their communities and give timely guidance and advice to their family physician Mentees. Evidence supports that collaboration can improve patient morbidity and mortality, organizational efficiencies, and provider satisfaction.

The Networks address areas of identified need, including mental health, and pain and addiction.

[1] The term “addictions” refers to alcohol and substance use, abuse, misuse and dependence and to prevention.