Collaborative Mentoring Networks

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Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan
Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan, Clinical Lead of the Collaborative Mentoring Networks, was named 2017 Phoenix Fellow by AMS Healthcare. In this AMS blog, he describes how the Networks help advance compassionate care.
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 learning 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 Collaborative Mentoring Networks address areas of identified need, including mental health, and pain and addiction. In addition to the networks listed below, networks are in development to support palliative and end-of-life care, and family medicine residents, and a community of practice will be launched around medical assistance in dying.

New! February 2018 - The OCFP is piloting The Comprehensive Approaches to Rural Emergencies (CARE) Course in Ontario as part of a rural medicine initiative of the Collaborative Mentoring Networks. The CARE Course is designed to offer healthcare providers working in isolated areas opportunities to hone their emergency response skills. On Feb. 28-29, the Ontario pilot of The CARE Course, which originated in British Columbia, brings together nurses, family physicians and paramedics from Wiarton and Lion’s Head/Tobermory. 

Learn more about the Rural Medicine Initiative Network.