Mentorship program in Medical College: An effective tool in medical education

  • Amrith Pakkala Professor Dept of Physiology Shridevi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Hospital,Tumakuru,Karnataka,India
  • Ashwini K Shetty
Keywords: mentor, first MBBS, medical education


Background: Mentoring is an effective tool to provide necessary guidance to a new student on his or her entry to a professional course. It is important to know the students’ felt needs in order to have a useful mentorship program. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. This study was conducted to gauge the felt needs of a first MBBS student regarding mentorship program in the light of their previous exposure to such a program already conducted. It was intended to understand the needs of specialist mentors during the course of the student life.Methods:The Thrive Questionnaire designed by the University of Central Missouri, CA, USA was administered to 50 students who had recently completed the first MBBS training program and are already exposed to mentorship program. Results: Most of the students (95%) responded with a score of above average level of satisfaction on all parameters classified as life parameters. Relating well with others, professional advancement and relating meaningfully with local people were the preferred answers to the extent of 90% of the sample studied. Among the three general kinds of mentors, friend or peer mentor, general mentor and specialist mentor, students most of the time preferred friend or peer type.Conclusion: Mentoring provides critical guidance to a young person on his or her path to success. But if one in three young people are reaching adulthood without a mentor, that means too many of these impactful relationships are being left to chance. We must develop and strengthen systems that identify young people most in need of a mentor and least likely to have a mentor, determine their mentoring needs and match them with quality mentors and services to meet those needs.   

Author Biography

Amrith Pakkala, Professor Dept of Physiology Shridevi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Hospital,Tumakuru,Karnataka,India
Prof of Physiology


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