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Journal of Biomedical Education
Volume 2013, Article ID 520109, 3 pages
Research Article

Effectiveness of a Formal Mentorship Program in Family Medicine Residency: The Residents’ Perspective

1Family Medicine Department, Aga Khan University, Stadium Road, P.O. Box 3500, Karachi 74800, Pakistan
2Department for Educational Development, Aga Khan University, Stadium Road, P.O. Box 3500, Karachi 74800, Pakistan

Received 6 December 2012; Accepted 21 January 2013

Academic Editor: Balakrishnan Nair

Copyright © 2013 Marie Andrades et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Mentoring is a recognized form of teaching learning strategy in postgraduate medical education. This paper describes the effectiveness of a formal mentorship program from the residents’ perspective after a year of implementation. Methods. The Aga Khan University Family Medicine Residency Program is the first program in Pakistan to our knowledge to implement formal mentorship for all four years of residency. A mentorship program was developed, implemented, and evaluated a year later using a rating scale. The 10-point Likert scale consisted of questions on academics, clinical work, research, administrative issues, and personal/social issues. Results. The response rate was 95% ( ). Eighty percent ( ) were women. Satisfaction level in seeking help was the highest for academics (75%). Residents scored mentorship as low in helping to tackle their personal problems (20%). Barriers reported in rapport building with mentor were time constraints and gender difference. The most useful attributes of the mentor which helped rapport building were accessibility, active listening, support for emotional needs, and trustworthiness. Conclusion. Mentoring has a role in trainees’ personal and professional growth especially when their needs are addressed. The effectiveness of the mentorship program in residency can improve if the residents are allowed to choose their own mentors.