Alumni stay involved with the Faculty of Medicine by volunteering as advisors, guest speakers, mentors and more. Students value their wisdom and experience.
Words of Wisdom
Alumni write notes of congratulations and encouragement to first-year medical students and incoming residents and fellows. These “Words of Wisdom” can include advice or simply a warm welcome to the UofTMed community. Learn how to submit your Words of Wisdom here.
Mentor a Student
Mentorship is a great way for students to gain valuable professional skills as they head out on their chosen career paths. Through a process of student self-assessment and regular interaction, students develop practical steps toward success. Mentors and mentees alike benefit from the mentorship experience. Find out more about mentorship.
Be a Guest Speaker
Student Clubs often seek alumni to be guest speakers at student events, interest group advisors and mentors. Preceptors for student-run service learning projects are also needed. Alumni can contribute meaningfully to student life without a long commitment. Let us know if you’d like to be involved in student clubs or interest groups via our online form.
Alumni are often needed to sit on student award and alumni awards selection committees at various times throughout the year. This is interesting and rewarding work with a short time commitment. Apply to volunteer on a student and alumni awards committee via our online form.
Alumni advisors have informal conversations with students about career paths, work/life balance, research opportunities, global health opportunities, or teaching/medical education. Apply to be an advisor using our online form.
Students are always interested in opportunities for job shadowing that will help prepare them for their future careers. Alumni have found being involved in the early career exploration and development of medical students to be a highly rewarding and memorable experience. This informal mentorship occurs outside of regularly scheduled curriculum time with little time commitment on the part of the supervisor. Click here to learn more about offering job shadowing experiences, and let us know you’re interested in observerships via our online form.
Community of Support program
Mentors in the Community of Support provide Black, Indigenous, racialized, or economically disadvantaged students interested in medicine with webinars, in-person mentorship, job shadowing and support with medical schools applications and interviews. Learn more at Community of Support.