Mentoring Programme

Learn more about the mentoring programme we have established with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

In an effort to support the Discovery Award finalists to develop their surgical training prototypes, Challenge partners Nesta Challenges, MIT Solve, Appropedia Foundation, and the Intuitive Foundation have partnered with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) to establish a prestigious mentoring programme. This program aims to create a learning community, with structured mentorship available to the teams taking part in the Challenge and opportunities for peer learning.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland will provide mentorship managers for each selected team, building one-to-one relationships to understand the teams’ needs and strengths. These mentorship managers will meet with teams regularly to uncover needs, discuss progress, build key relationships between teams and subject matter experts and adapt the mentorship programme to the evolving needs of the teams.

Access to Subject Matter Experts

RCSI will coordinate a panel of subject matter experts to provide project-specific support as well as larger workshops on areas of general need. These experienced individuals have expertise in the following areas:

Management and Leadership

  • Programme management
  • Team development
  • Project needs analysis & impact evaluation


Education and Assessment

  • Clinical educational theory
  • Assessment
  • E-learning methodologies
  • Simulation in surgical training in LMICs
  • Simulation in surgical training in specific specialties / techniques


Simulation Technology

  • Design thinking for simulation
  • Models and materials – biomedical
  • Models and materials – synthetic
  • Augmented reality and virtual reality
  • AI & data science
  • Photography, video, audio


Scaling Simulation Innovations for Impact

Needs Assessment

MIT Solve will lead the development of a needs analysis of all teams in the initial few weeks of the mentorship programme. The goal of the assessment is to highlight the needs of the cohort and to inform development of events and tools needed by the team as a whole. It will also encourage peer-to-peer support on these issues through the next phase of the Challenge. 

Our Discovery Awards Mentoring Programme Handbook contains more information on this prestigious Mentoring Programme.