Outcomes of a pilot faculty mentoring program

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Dec;191(6):1846-50. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2004.08.002.


Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine whether a junior faculty mentoring program is beneficial to participants and to identify particular positive and negative aspects of such a program to enable others to institute similar programs.

Study design: In 2001 a pilot program was instituted in our obstetrics and gynecology department for interested faculty members. There were 3 focus groups and a written survey that assessed the project. A combination of qualitative and quantitative methods were used for data analysis; Fisher's exact test was used.

Results: Two recurring themes emerged from the focus group sessions: participants felt better supported by the department and appreciated a greater sense of camaraderie. Most mentees noted the program's success in the following areas of having a role model (83.3%), having increased visibility (82.3%), and having to whom someone to turn (93.8%).

Conclusion: The faculty mentoring program had significant benefits for everyone who participated.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate
  • Faculty, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Male
  • Mentors*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Preceptorship / organization & administration*
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Staff Development / organization & administration
  • Surveys and Questionnaires