BLACK WOMEN IN HEALTH
As an organisation, one of our goals is to increase the admission of black females into Medicine & healthcare degrees and to support prospective black ethnic medics on their journey to their medical professions, through applying to medical school, during medical school and after medical school.
According to HES Agency in 2015/2016, only 2.4% of all medical students in the UK were African-Caribbean.
The GMC List of Medical Practitioners showed that only 3.2% of UK Registered Medical Practitioners were identified as African-Caribbean in 2017. BAME health professionals have the highest rate of complaints, but we believe that mentoring can help reduce this.
The lack of representation of black female mentors in UK medical schools and in mediical leadership as a whole has become more apparent over the years and has prompted establishment of our mentorship program.
Our team is made up of Black female health professionals who all have great experience mentoring and are passionate about coaching and providing encouragement every step of the way. Our Mentors also work to create an individualised service for you, addressing your greatest concerns and needs so that you can get the most out of our Mentorship program. Mentors are all part of our network.
WHO OUR MENTORSHIP PROGRAM IS FOR
GCSE students (Year 11)
A-Level students (Year 12 & 13)
Prospective African-Caribbean Medical Students.
Undergraduate students e.g. Biomedical Science students.African Caribbean Medical Students
Final year African-Caribbean Medical Students transitioning to their working lives as doctors.
International Afro-Caribbean graduates trying to integrate into the system.
Junior / Trainee Doctors.
HOW OUR MENTORS CAN HELP YOU
Provide advice, guidance, and feedback; share their experience and expertise as appropriate; act as a sounding board for ideas and action plans; help with applications e.g. Admissions Tests, Personal Statements, Work Experience,
Provide constructive feedback that mentees need to hear in order to move forward; push mentees to take risks when appropriate; help mentees consider and weigh potential consequences of decisions and actions to avoid the pitfalls and predictable surprises that may occur.
Offer encouragement and support to try new things; help mentees move out their comfort zones; celebrate successes; help mentees understand when things do not go as planned, its okay to keep going. Impossible is nothing !
BECOME A MENTOR
Great opportunity to give back and impact a prospective medics journey
Basic requirement to contact your mentee at least once a month
Receive a Mentor guide with topic suggestions, and checklists.
Receive a certificate at the end of one year for your contribution.
The chance to be nominated for mentor of the year.
Contact us if you want to make a difference as a BWIH mentor – firstname.lastname@example.org