We are delighted to welcome Prof. Tony Ryan as a new mentor to the RCPI mentoring initiative. This means that 13 mentors, all of whom are experienced doctors, are now available to help RCPI Trainees who would like extra support.
Prof. Tony Ryan is an Emeritus Professor who retired following 25 years as Consultant Neonatologist at Cork University Maternity Hospital, and Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at University College Cork. He was one of the first graduates of the Masters in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at UCC. Prof. Ryan has received multiple teaching awards including the UCC President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and a National Teacher Award from the National Academy for the Integration of Research in Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) in 2012. Prof. Ryan is also a Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) coach. He has used this as a viewer-centered facilitation method of the visual Arts to develop observational and critical thinking skills in medical students. By transferring VTS principles to the clinical setting, he shows how visual literacy, multiple perspectives, speculation with evidence, teamwork and problem solving, and a humanistic approach to medicine can be unfolded. Prof. Ryan is currently working towards certification as an ICF-accredited Professional Certified Coach under the direction of Francine Gaillour, MD, Founder and Executive Director of the Physician Coaching Institute.
The mentoring initiative is a confidential mentoring service which operates on a self-referral basis, at no cost to Trainees. These doctors have received specialised training on how to mentor and can help Trainees who are dealing with issues such as:
Trainees who contact RCPI to request support will be matched to the mentor who is best equipped to offer support for that particular Trainee. Our mentors will share their knowledge and experience and will help Trainees achieve the best results. Our mentors are committed to supporting Trainees’ development.
If you are currently on an RCPI training programme (including our international programmes), and you feel you would benefit from mentoring, please contact our Health and Wellbeing department to arrange an initial consultation before matching you with the most suitable mentor. Our Health & Wellbeing department can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no charge for this service and it is strictly confidential. It is important to note this is not a counselling service; doctors who require treatment for mental health can find resources listed here and you can find information on agencies that provide suppport for acute stress here.