Perceptions on Mentoring Concept and Mentoring Practices among Medical Mentors: A Mixed-Methods Study

Cheah, W.L and Helmy, Hazmi and Kiu, Ling Hui and Lee, Sze Ee and Ling, Wei Nii and Wong, Veronica, HS (2015) Perceptions on Mentoring Concept and Mentoring Practices among Medical Mentors: A Mixed-Methods Study. Education in Medicine Journal, 7 (2). e27-e38. ISSN 2180-1932


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Introduction: Mentoring medical students is one of the essential responsibilities or missions of a medical school faculty. Objective: This study aimed to determine the perceptions of mentorship and mentoring practices among mentors using a convergent parallel method. Method: Quantitative data was collected by using an adopted validated self-administered questionnaire and analyzed using SPSS version 20. Qualitative data was done using one-to-one interview based on semi structured interview guide and analyzed using thematic analysis. Result: A total of 61 respondents participated in the quantitative survey. Approximately 75% of the respondents had 5 to 10 mentees, with majority rated themselves as satisfactory mentor. More than 60% of them met their mentees at least once every six months. Most respondents were friendly (86.9%) and frank to their mentees (68.9%) and were interested in their mentees’ professional development (95.1%). Phone calling (93.4%) and E-mail (95.1%) were preferred as modes of contact. Mentees were allowed to call their mentors anytime of the day (74.1%). Respondents preferred to counsel their mentees (80.3%) and would refer them for professional help whenever necessary (70.5%). For qualitative data, a total of 5 participants participated with themes emerged: concepts of mentoring, factors contributing to ineffective mentoring and ways to improve mentoring practices. Conclusion: The respondents had positive perceptions regarding their mentorship and practices. A more structured approach with clear mentoring guideline and proper training should be in place.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mentor, Mentoring, Mentee, Mentor's Perception, Mentoring practices, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Lian
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2016 00:58
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2016 00:58

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