Mentorship program in a private medical college of Eastern India: evaluation, appraisal and recommendations

Document Type : Original Article

Authors

1 Department of Pathology, IQ City Medical College, Durgapur, India

2 Department of Microbiology, IQ City Medical College, Durgapur, India

3 Department of Physiology, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

10.22038/fmej.2022.64129.1467

Abstract

Background: Mentorship programs are becoming increasingly common in undergraduate medical education all over the world. However, very few medical colleges are running mentorship programs in India. A mentorship program was introduced in I Q City Medical College for the first year MBBS students to help them cope up with the stress of the new environment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the mentorship program with regard to its efficacy, utility, limitation and potential for improvement after successful completion of one year of the program.
Methods: It was a questionnaire based cross sectional study including 143 mentees and 15 mentors conducted in a tertiary care teaching hospital for five months from November 2019 to March 2020. The feedback was collected with a pre validated questionnaire containing 10 questions (8 close ended and 2 open ended). Feedback of closed ended questions were obtained by using a 5-point Likert scale (1 to 5) where 5 indicated ‘Strongly Agree’ and 1 indicated ‘Strongly Disagree’.
Results: Out of 143 mentees, 124 (86.7%) and out of 15 mentors, 10 (66.7%) mentioned that mentorship program is necessary for the welfare of the students. However, it was also noted that better communication and frequent meetings can improve the outcome of the program.
Conclusion: Mentorship program is deemed essential, however, a well-structured framework and dedicated time from both mentors and mentees will make the program more successful. This type of feedback evaluation is however important to validate such program.

Keywords


  1. Frei E, Stamm M, Buddeberg-Fischer B. Mentoring programs for medical students--a review of the PubMed literature 2000–2008. BMC Med Educ. 2010;10(1):32.
  2. Zerzan J, Hess R, Schur E, Phillips R, Rigotti N. Making the most of mentors: a guide for mentees. Acad Med. 2009;84(1):140–4.
  3. Stanislaw P. Stawicki. Contemporary Topics in Graduate Medical Education. Volume 2. PRINT ISBN: 978-1-83962-238-0
  4. Keshavan MS, Tandon R. On mentoring and being mentored. Asian J Psychiatr. 2015;16:84–6.
  5. Vogan CL, McKimm J, Da Silva AL, Grant A. Twelve tips for providing effective student support in undergraduate medical education. Med Teach. 2014;36:480–5.
  6. Awasthi S. Mentoring in medical education: A neglected essentiality. MJMS. 2017; 2(1): 5-7.
  7. Skjevik E P, Boudreau  J P, Ringberg U,  Schei E, Stenfors  T, Kvernenes M, Ofstad E H. Group mentorship for undergraduate medical students—a systematic review. Perspect Med Educ 2020) 9:272–80.
  8. Kalén S, Stenfors‑Hayes T, Hylin U, Larm MF, Hindbeck H,Ponzer S, et al. Mentoring medical students during clinical courses: A way to enhance professional development. Med Teach2010;32:e315‑21.
  9. Bhatia A, Singh N, Dhaliwal U. Mentoring for first year medical students; humanizing medical education. Indian J Med Ethics.2013;10(2):100-3.
  10. Kukreja S, Arora R, Mahajan R, Singh T. Mentorship program: Modern outlook of traditional knowledge. Int J App Basic Med Res 2020;10:65-7.
  11. Usmani A, Omaeer Q, Sultan ST. Mentoring undergraduate medical students: Experience from Bahria University Karachi. J Pak Med Assoc 2011;61:790‑4.
  12. Kukreja S, Chhabra N, Kaur A, Arora R, Singh T. Introducing mentoring to 1st-year medical students of a private medical college in North India: A pilot study. Int J App Basic Med Res 2017;7:67-71.
  13. Shikha Swati, Kumar Arun. Mentorship Program among Medicos: A Continuum beyond Academics. Global Journal For Research Analysis 2019;8(11):71-2.