11 2. MENTORING PROGRAMME Mentoring is defined as a voluntary process in which an experienced individual helps another person develop his or her goals and skills through a series of time-limited, confidential, one-on-one conversations and other learning activities. Therefore, mentoring is more broadly based and is likely to take longer than contacting an Expert on a specific topic. The experienced individual in a mentoring relationship is known as the Mentor. The individual seeking support is known as the Associate (or Mentee). The IFCC Mentoring programme is intended to support Associates who are in the final stages of their training as laboratory medicine specialists, or who are newly appointed clinical laboratory directors who are seeking to improve the quality of their laboratory with the aim of laboratory accreditation. Typically, Associates are based in developing countries whilst Mentors are experienced, including recently retired, laboratory medicine specialists. Associates wishing to apply to access the Mentoring programme should use the link below. This will take you to a short registration form, which is submitted to the IFCC Office. The WG-PS for will evaluate the application and then arrange an introduction to the most appropriate Mentor. • To request Mentoring, go to the WG-PS website page and download the form • IFCC is keen to expand the number of Mentors on its database, including those who speak languages other than English. Therefore, the WG-PS invites senior laboratory directors, including recently retired persons, to apply to be a Mentor. This process involves completion of a short form, which is submitted to the IFCC Office for consideration by WG-PS. • To apply to be a Mentor, go to the WG-PS website page and download the form Past President Graham Beastall, Chair of WG-PS, offers the following comment on the operation of the Working Group. Graham Beastall “One of the strengths of IFCC is its global network of Experts and senior professionals who are willing to support more junior individuals and/or practitioners from developing countries on a one-to-one basis. WGPS aims to utilise this network. WG-PS is an unusual IFCC programme because it targets individual laboratory medicine practitioners rather than IFCC Member societies or companies. To be effective WG-PS needs help to promote its two programmes to individuals and we have asked IFCC members to help us to do this. In addition, we will be using our Young Scientist network and social media to help spread the word. Ultimately, the success of WG-PS will depend on our ability to reach the individuals who can benefit from the personal support programmes. Please draw the attention of this article to your colleagues and refer them to: http://www.ifcc.org/ifcc-education-division/ working-groups-special-projects/wg-ps/. Any queries about the WG-PS should be addressed to Silvia Cardinale in the IFCC Office (email@example.com).
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