General surgical trainee experiences of mentoring: A UK regional audit

Jaffer, Usman, Pennell, Aaron and Musonda, Patrick (2010) General surgical trainee experiences of mentoring: A UK regional audit. Journal of Surgical Education, 67 (1). pp. 19-24. ISSN 1878-7452

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Objective: Mentoring is advocated as an essential adjunct in work-based learning providing support in career and noncareer related issues. This study aims to investigate trainee experiences and satisfaction with mentoring arrangements. Design: E-mail survey of surgical trainees from the East of England Higher Surgical Training Deanery, UK. Main Outcome Measures: Factors affecting presence of a mentoring relationship and satisfaction with mentoring arrangements were analyzed. Results: Of all respondents, 62.85% stated that they were not sure or did not have a mentor; 34.29% said that they had had a meaningful meeting with their mentor; 57.14% said that they were aware of the responsibilities of a mentor; 34.29% strongly agreed or agreed that mentoring had been useful; 25.71% said that mentoring had been useful in career development; and 20% found it useful in noncareer related issues. Of those with a mentor, only 31.43% were satisfied with mentoring. Factors affecting satisfaction with mentoring included having had a meaningful meeting, having clear objectives set, and help in job transition and noncareer related issues. Knowledge of a mentor's responsibilities was also associated with satisfaction. The only factor associated with the presence of a mentoring relationship was having a mentor appointed. Conclusions: We advocate the establishment of a mentoring matching scheme for mentors and mentees together with mentor training to improve mentoring provision for surgical trainees.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Rhiannon Harvey
Date Deposited: 11 May 2011 14:59
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2023 14:30
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2009.10.004

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