SWiM Promotion Outcomes 2021

quote from SWIM Mentee about the sense of community they gained from the program

Supporting Women in MDHS (SWiM) is a tailored mentoring program that aims to support equitable academic promotion in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences.

In 2021, the inaugural SWiM Mentoring Program was offered to 26 x Level C and 11 x Level D women academics from each of the schools within MDHS. Of these, 14 participants applied for promotion to Level D, and 8 applied for promotion to Level E.

SWiM participants reported that an important benefit of the program was the community building aspect; of getting to know other academics within the faculty and expanding their networks. Additional benefits included having a mentor outside of their field/school, building new professional relationships and collaborations, the peer support network and the practical workshops on application development.

Below is a summary of the program's outcomes and promotions in 2021.

The initiative was well rounded; the combination of mentorships, instructional sessions and group support meetings were complementary and of equal value to preparing the application - Mentor