Overall aims of CMDFA Mentoring
CMDFA desires to assist participants to grow in Christian values and to persevere in their faith. This is particularly relevant during the first five years following graduation, where the challenges that confront doctors and dentists during the early stages of their working lives can test their faith immensely. As such, CMDFA has a renewed vision for discipleship through Christian mentoring in healthcare.
We consider mentoring to be
A partnership between a senior and a junior focused on the development of the junior member through goal-directed interaction in integrating faith and practice.
While Christian mentoring mostly occurs in informal settings, students and junior doctors commonly face difficulties in finding suitable Christian mentors in healthcare. The value of state-based CMDFA mentoring initiatives is its ability to cater for such needs through the wider network of mentors available to draw upon, as well as still remain feasible and practical in implementation. State mentoring coordinators have been selected to facilitate this initiative, although usually a team is gathered to achieve the successful coordination.
Currently, mentoring programs have been established in Victoria and Newcastle. New mentoring hubs are beginning in Sydney, Western Australia, Queensland and Alice Springs.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, or being mentored, please see the relevant sub-section for your state and contact the state/city coordinator. If there isn’t a mentoring hub in your area and you are interested in starting one, please let us know and we would be delighted to work together in developing one.